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.
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.
As we hit the midpoint of another year, here are KDHX's top spins so far. These albums are time-tested 2014 releases that have excited our DJs over and over again.
Chatham County Line is a quartet of southern roots, dressed in finely pressed suits and dingy cowboy boots. They are country gentlemen at their finest, dressed to the nines and playing some of the most lauded bluegrass music today. They returned to St. Louis to play the stage at Off Broadway, showcasing several songs from their new album "Tightrope."
The key to playing music is listening to music, being aware of what is out there, taking cues and ideas, and using all those things to build a musical palette.