Tag: bluegrass

Yonder Mountain String Band

Mountain Tracks: Volume 3

Frog Pad

These guys be jammin’. In their first two years, Yonder Mountain String Band went from playing Colorado coffee shops with a dozen people in the audience to gigging at prestigious bluegrass and folk festivals and selling out small venues across the land.

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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Welcome to Woody Creek


A couple of things work in this disc’s favor.

First, it’s been four years since the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s last full-length studio album, “Bang Bang Bang,” and that had but one in-house track; so it’s been 10 years since an album of mostly original material (1994’s “Acoustic”).

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The David Thom Band

The Thief

Swollen Records

The David Thom Band is a breath of fresh bluegrass air.

At least enough that fellow Marin County, California, resident and mandolinist extraordinaire David Grisman endorses them and puts in right-speaker appearances on original Thom compositions “Rowan’s Run” and the title track. Other guests on the CD are bluegrass diva Kathy Kallick and guitar maestro Jim Nunally.

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Railroad Earth

The Good Life

Sugar Hill Records

If the Ozark Mountain Daredevils had been bluegrass-rock instead of country-rock, they might have sounded like this.

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Jim Lauderdale

Headed for the Hills

Dualtone Music Group

When he was collaborating with Ralph Stanley in 1999 on their duet album “I Feel Like Singing Today,” Jim Lauderdale tracked down Robert Hunter because he had heard the Grateful Dead lyricist was a big Stanley Brothers fan. Hunter agreed to co-write some tunes, and sent lyrics to Lauderdale so melodies could be added. Three songs were written like that: two that ended up anchoring the first Stanley-Lauderdale disc, and a third that surfaced on Lauderdale’s solo album “Onward Through It All.”

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