After successfully crowdfunding their debut album, 2014’s “Sake of the Sound”, San Francisco area quintet Front Country is back at it again, recently opening up a Kickstarter for a second album, which they’re already laid down the tracks for in studio.
They may be called the Lil Smokies, but this five-piece newgrass outfit from Missoula, Montana, is anything but. Led by dobro wizard Andy Dunnigan, the group has taken off in the past year after winning the band competition at the prestigious Telluride bluegrass festival in 2015, which set in course a spiral of changes for the band.
For the past 14 years, bluegrass fans from the pacific northwest and beyond have trekked and traversed the rocky west coast terrain for the Northwest String Summit, hosted by newgrass pioneers Yonder Mountain String Band. The festival is held at Horning’s Hideout in North Plains, Oregon — a hidden paradise, scattered with flocks of peacocks (of all creatures), making for one of the most unique and intimate festival experiences in the region.
The heat was persistent throughout the weekend at the 13th annual ROMP festival in Owensboro, Kentucky with temperatures firmly cemented in the 90s, but even more persistent were the musicians and fans who battled vigorously throughout each day to spread the love and joy of music and community that you can only find in a festival environment.
One of the world’s oldest instruments, the sitar, will combine sounds with a mix of electronica, guitar, and soothing vocals in a pairing that transcends time and space as Cincinnati’s Dawg Yawp takes center stage at Willie’s Locally Known in Lexington on Friday night for the first installment of a new monthly music series dubbed “Moonshiner’s Presents” put on by the team that organizes The Moonshiner’s Ball.
Much like the small town of Aledo, Texas struck black gold in recent years with an oil boom, Chuck Dennie has struck musical gold with his latest project Aledo, named after his small hometown a short 15 minutes from Fort Worth. Aledo’s debut EP, titled “Gypsy Heart”, is due out August 26, featuring five songs that explore the healing process from start to finish.