If country music is tilapia -- bland, good with everything, unremarkable, nutritionally average -- then old time music, like that played by Foghorn Stringband, is a can of sardines: pungent, strong, an acquired taste, and also infinitely richer.
When she was 16, Sarah Jarosz came into the acoustic-music scene seemingly fully formed. She has continued to demand and hold our attention ever since.
Putting a contemporary, jazzy spin on the driving bluegrass sound, Blue Canyon Boys will appeal to fans of dyed-in-the-wool old-time country and lovers of acoustic music in general. The honky-tonkin' "Heartaches Welcome" is the Colorado band at its pickin' and harmonizin' best.
Hailing from the east side of the Saint Louis metro area, Belleville, Illinois based Old Salt Union uses their ability to merge concepts from outside of the genre into a foundation of traditional instrumentation to sit at the forefront of the new generation of bluegrass music.
Sean Watkins formed the band Nickel Creek when he was but 12 years old, and has won both acclaim and awards for his mix of Americana and bluegrass.
St. Louis' own Clusterpluck play instruments that suggest bluegrass, and there is that element, but use them for a sound that is so much more.
KDHX and The Sheldon present the third annual festival featuring Sarah Jarosz, the 23 String Band, Riley Baugus, Foghorn String Band and more.