Steep Canyon Rangers have risen to the
top of the Bluegrass world slowly but surely. Formed while college
students in North Carolina (and now based near Asheville, N.C.), the
group represents the younger guard in Bluegrass music, a band that is
fluent in the traditional side of the genre yet open-minded and
contemporary in their approach.
Hailing from the wilds of Idaho and now
based in the teeming weirdness of Portland, Ore., identical twins
Katelyn and Laurie Shook comprise half of the Shook Twins, their
truthfully billed acoustic Folk outfit.
MilkDrive’s latest album is called Waves and it
swings with a fun, light and breezy mid-1960s feel. The band brings
mostly original music to the table, but they will also put a jazzy twist
on songs by The Beatles and others along the way.
Sara Watkins has had a deceptively long career in music
despite her young age. She came onto the scene as a member of the
progressive Bluegrass group Nickel Creek, which featured her brother
Sean Watkins and budding genius Chris Thile.
The Punknecks’ bio doesn’t mince words. Calling themselves
“Punky Tonkers,” Jason Punkneck is from Nashville while Polly Punkneck
is from Kansas. The duo, along with their drummer Nick Punkneck, are
apparently known for “a rowdy show of drinking, drugging, Jesus, smokin’
pot and living between heaven and hell.”