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.
After seven years apart, Nickel Creek is back with “A Dotted Line.” As in the early part of their career together, Chris Thile, Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins are doing things that no one else is doing while serving an audience that is interested in picking up the Nickel Creek story where it left off.
I walk into the Gramophone in the Grove neighborhood of St. Louis at around 7:30 p.m. to find the members of Acoustics Anonymous in the middle of sound check.
The Devil's voice is sweet to hear. And it could only be heard in the Grove last night in the form of California-based act the Devil Makes Three.
When you dare to combine genres of music, you dare to combine more than simply sound and style. An audacious blend of music can bring together diverse cultures, and in the realm of American society there are few backgrounds more disparate than that of small-town bluegrass and the deep urban flavor of hip-hop. On Thursday night, the 2720 Cherokee Performing Arts Center made easy work of the task, lead by the prototypical alchemist of the genres, Gangstagrass.
The Infamous Stringdusters came on the scene in 2007 and, right out of the gate, commanded a lot of attention, a lot of accolades, and some very impressive awards.