"Are you trying to get a master's degree in musicology," the Freight Hoppers' David Bass was asked during an interview, "or are you out there really raising hell and having fun with the music?"
This has felt like the official year of "Well, it's about time!" recordings. There seemed to be so many albums from top-flight players who haven't released anything in, literally, years. In all cases, it was worth the wait.
The DJs of 88.1 KDHX have picked their "Songs of the Year," and the resulting list -- spanning all manner of sounds and styles, ranging from radio hitmakers to local heroes -- forms a pretty comprehensive (and thoroughly enjoyable) look back at the year in music that was 2013.
As KDHX reaches the end of an era and begins broadcasting from the Larry J. Weir Center for Independent Media in Grand Center, we're also reaching the end of 2013.
The Mound City Slickers took their name from St. Louis' pre-Arch epithet, and these contra dance musicians are certainly a throwback to an earlier time.
Some bands approach bluegrass for the tradition that it represents. And then there are bands like Greensky Bluegrass.