Whether or not you’re lucky enough to join us this weekend for the Season VII taping of Bluegrass Underground for PBS indulge in some great music. If you’re headed to the cave, crank up the volume and get primed for an amazing musical experience you’ll never forget.
Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors – “Shine Like Lightning” A single song by Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors barely scratches the surface of what these folks can do. But this one scratches hard enough to leave a mark, as Holcomb channels his inner arena rocker. From Live at the Ryman.
Parker Millsap – “Hades Pleads” This guy is state of the art Americana – deeply rooted in tradition but packed with more energy than a case of Red Bull. Here’s the lead track from his 2016 sophomore effort, The Very Last Day.
Marty Stuart & The Fabulous Superlatives – “Air Mail Special” – Stuart and company put a jet engine into the Jim & Jesse classic, with a high-energy Bakersfield sound and Stuart and Kenny Vaughn’s blazing Telecasters. From their brand new Way Out West.
McCrary Sisters “Don’t You Let Nobody Turn You ’Round” – With Regina taking the lead. the McCrarys remake their father Rev. Sam McCrary’s signature song with the Fairfield Four. This is what singing is all about. From their 2015 CD, Let’s Go.
Don Bryant & the Bo-Keys – “Heartaches By The Number” The line between country and soul has always been razor thin, as folks like Ray Charles and Solomon Burke knew well. Here, Don Bryant and The Bo Keys put a Memphis groove into Ray Price’s classic Texas shuffle.
Chris Robinson Brotherhood – “Roan County Banjo” The CRB move easily from bluesy rockers to acoustic countrified songs. They focused on the latter for their 2016 EP, If You Lived Here You Would Be Home Now, a five-song collection with a Workingman’s Dead feel.
The Mavericks – “Come Unto Me” The Mavericks used to have big hits on country radio. The hits stopped coming, but they just kept getting better, evolving into one of the world’s best, most distinctive bands, playing country, rock, Latin and classic pop, often mixed into the same song, all of it with unparalleled power and grace. They’re at their best live, but here they are, sounding great in the studio on 2013’s “Come Unto Me,” from the album In Time.
Kasey Chambers – “The Captain” Kasey Chambers can do it all, from rough-edged country rock to delicate acoustic ballads. Her new Dragonfly is a rootsy acoustic double CD tailor-made for BGU just hit the real & digital shelves. This track looks back to her 1999 debut solo album of the same name The Captain. From 2014’s Bittersweet album, here she is on “I’m Alive”.
Rhonda Vincent & The Rage – “Kentucky Borderline” In 20 years, she’ll be in the Bluegrass Hall of Fame, but right now she’s out there every night, leading one of the best bands in bluegrass and putting on one of the hottest shows you’ll ever see. Here she is doing a song that’s become a bluegrass standard – “Kentucky Borderline.”
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out – “Brown County Red” You won’t find a better bluegrass band anywhere, but one thing that really sets them apart is their knack for finding great songs. Here they are with the jauntiest murder song since Tom T. Hall’s “Turn It on, Turn It On, Turn It On.” Mayhem never sounded better.
Blues Traveler – “Carolina Blues” We all know “Run-Around” and yes, you’ll probably hear it in The Volcano Room on March 26, but let’s go deeper catalog for this downhome rocker, “Carolina Blues.”
Conor Oberst – “Lua” His newest CD Salutations arrives this month, but let’s go back and hear tone of our favorites from the Bright Eyes catalog, “Lua”.
See you underground, Larry Nager, Bluegrass Underground