Musical virtuosity often comes with a hefty price, with artists honing their skills to the point where technique and proficiency become secondary to the music as a whole. Thankfully this was not the case with Brooklyn, NY based progressive bluegrass super group the Punch Brothers.
Instrumental virtuosity is the rasion d' etre of bluegrass, but mult-instrumentalist Matt Flinner has been putting his chops to soulful use since early teens.
With nods to the Dillards and the Dead, Alabaster Brown plays country rock with some curling banjo, smooth harmonies and even honky tonk piano, all jamming together but somehow staying focused on the song.
The mandolin has never been the same after Sam Bush, originator of "newgrass" and an icon to hundreds of acoustic-oriented musicians to follow his lead. "The King of Telluride" and his guitarist Stephen Mougin paid a visit to the KDHX studios for a live performance.
Nash Street is that relatively rare thing in bluegrass: a young band with deep roots in the south who understand tradition but focus on original material that shows a pop and country appreciation.
Reaching younger festival audiences and hardcore traditional bluegrass fans alike, the Steep Canyon Rangers bring a contemporary songwriting sensibility to their gospel harmonies and churning acoustic sound.
Texas is known for giving rise to scores of influential artists in a host of genres, but bluegrass isn't among them. Cadillac Sky may be changing all that. Fusing the harmonies and rhythmic power of bluegrass with the reckless drive and expressive songwriting of rock & roll, the band paid a visit to KDHX for a live performance.