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.”
When Tim O’Brien plays guitar, mandolin or fiddle, the
result could generally be described as Bluegrass. But it also represents
the breadth of his myriad influences and his startling ability to incorporate them into his personal
Meth, liquor, hitchhiking, cheating and, of course,
angels are just a few of the topics about which Old Crow Medicine Show
enjoys singing. It sounds like a bad play on the topics of Country
music, but it works for them — especially when you add in the banjo and
that big ol’ bass.
Remember a few years ago when you couldn’t walk into a
Starbucks without hearing the words, “Three words that became hard to
say/I and love and you?” At the time, you probably rolled your eyes, but The Avett Brothers ended up becoming kind of a big deal. While “I and Love and You,” as a song, was mostly mellow
and Folk-ish, it’s far from a decent indicator of the sort of noise the
Brothers are capable of creating.
The local Roots music scene and its
fans have a cool new music venue to check out. This Friday-Sunday is the
grand opening of Plain Folk Café, a converted two-room schoolhouse
(originally built in 1913) featuring coffee, beer, food and regular live
music from area Folk, Bluegrass, Americana and acoustic acts.
Bluegrass band Trampled by Turtles was originally formed as a side
project so the original four members could take a break from their Rock
bands, but the exercise was comfortable and rewarding enough to warrant giving
up Rock and moving full-time to Bluegrass.