Head for the Hills may show up under the bluegrass genre but their sound is a diverse conglomeration that takes in jazz, newgrass and indie rock as well.
On March 30, 2010 the proud sons and daughters of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, acting through their elected representatives, approved a resolution designating Sam Bush as "The Father of Newgrass Music" and Bush's hometown of Bowling Green, Ky. "The Birthplace of Newgrass Music."
Old Salt Union hail from Belleville, Ill., a little town just across the river from St. Louis and the home of gone-but-not-forgotten Uncle Tupelo. However, these boys have more in common with Sam Bush and newgrass than Messrs. Tweedy and Farrar.
The members of the young, local band Old Salt Union were kind enough to sit down with me before their show with Acoustics Anonymous on February 14 at the Old Rock House to talk about their friendship, their new CD and their desire to open for the Deftones.
Rolling traditional ideas together with a progressive ethos, the Hatrick pushes the boundaries of bluegrass and folk with a carefree attitude.
The mandolin has never been the same after Sam Bush, originator of "newgrass" and an icon to hundreds of acoustic-oriented musicians to follow his lead. "The King of Telluride" and his guitarist Stephen Mougin paid a visit to the KDHX studios for a live performance.