Jerry Garcia once said that the Grateful Dead are like licorice -- some people don’t like licorice, but those who like it like it a lot. I think that’s a category that the Hillbenders might be in as well.
St. Louis turned out in high spirits for Del Yeah! -- an outdoor/indoor bluegrass festival last night at the Old Rock House.
Even a true fan of bluegrass can see that the genre is kind of easy -- well, really easy -- to make fun of.
Often, at least to those unfamiliar with bluegrass music, the sound that they associate with the genre is robust, fast and, well, includes a banjo player.
Complete with emphatic narratives and a fiery ensemble of string instruments, the latest release from Old Crow Medicine Show, "Carry Me Back," is the group's most spirited and sophisticated album yet.
Rolling traditional ideas together with a progressive ethos, the Hatrick pushes the boundaries of bluegrass and folk with a carefree attitude.
"Across the Imaginary Divide" is another foray for Béla Fleck into jazz, coupling with a pianist much as he has done with Chick Corea in their live shows and on their CD "The Enchantment" (2007). The trio is filled out by Rodney Jordan on bass and Jason Marsalis on drums.