Apr 062014

They took their name from a Jack Keroac story; they’re a progressive Celtic bluegrass jamband with “Hobos” for fans. If at this point, you’re thinking String Cheese Incident or Jerry Garcia and David Grisman, you would be in the right ballpark, if not necessarily on the right base. They’re Railroad Earth and they are steaming into Headliners on April 10, promoting a new record, Last Of The Outlaws. It’s been three years or so since they last in town, so fans should refresh their thoughts about the band by checking out the video. Tickets are $20 adv/$23 DoS.

Here’s a show from the Yonder Harvest Festival in Ozark, Arkansas in October:


Website: www.railroadearth.com/?
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RailroadEarth?
MySpace: https://myspace.com/railroadearth?

Mar 192014

The Eighth Annual Itchin’ To Pick Festival happens at the Galt House  on March 21 and 22. It’s a hotel-wide jam session for bluegrass musicians from all around the area and perhaps beyond. All levels of pickin’ skill are welcome. A $5 donation is requested. Show up, pay up and wander around until you find a group to join. Couldn’t get much friendlier. For more information, head over to http://www.itchintopick.com/

Mar 192014

Henhouse Prowlers
With a name like HenHouse Prowlers, what kind of music could a band play other than oldtime or bluegrass or oldtime bluegrass? You guessed – bluegrass!  They band has just released a new project, Breaking Ground, which was produced by Grammy nominated Greg Cahill of Special Consensus. These boys ain’t yer standard bluegrass band, however, labeling themselves as semi-traditional while doing things like touring in Africa, from which they sent back bulletins to Bluegrass Today. They also have toured Europe, so it’s clear they’ve mastered their chops (those European bluegrass fans can be brutal). They’ll play The New Vintage on March 23. Tickets are $5,

Watch these Prowlers scratch out the Jerry Lee Lewis tune “Tell Me Baby, Why You Been Gone So Long”:


Website: http://henhouseprowlers.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/henhouseprowlers?
Twitter: https://twitter.com/hhp?
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Henhouse+Prowlers?

Mar 182014

Grace & Tony
The husband-and-wife duo Grace & Tony began by playing punk tunes on bluegrass instruments and just kept on going in that direction with their new material, which is, accordingly, labeled “punkgrass.” (Hey, it worked for Newgrass!) With a good connection to the industry – Tony White’s brother is John Paul White of the Civil Wars – they signed up Rock Ridge Music and got a booking agency and now they have a new album, November, they’re plugging. They’ll be at the New Vintage on March 22, with Misty Mountain String Band and Captain Midnight Band. Tickets should be $5.

Here’s the official video for “November”:


Website: graceandtonymusic.com/?
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GraceAndTonyMusic?
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GraceAndTony?

Feb 232014

The Gibson Brothers
If the winter has been wearing you down (and it has, yes), then a bit of old-timey bluegrass is a fabulous way to offset the misery of the cold. The time and place for some IBMA Award-winning ‘grass is at the Clifton Cultural Center on February 27, when the 2012 IBMA Entertainers of The Year The Gibson Brothers and their band make their Clifton Center debut. The tune featured in the video below, “They Called It Music” hit the #1 spot on both the Bluegrass Today and Bluegrass Unlimited Charts, so it’s clear they’re the real deal. Tickets to the show are $18 adv/ $22 DoS; get them at the Clifton ticket office online here.

Give a listen to “They Called It Music” from their new album:


Website: www.gibsonbrothers.com/?
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/...Gibson-Brothers/161235953909628?
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Gibson+Brothers?