Carrying it on
There is something to a musical style that can span nearly a century and still be popular. There is a growing number of younger bands performing some outstanding bluegrass and old-time style music nowadays. Cletus and the Burners, Foghorn, and the Dowden Sisters are just a few we've heard here on the Bus recently. These younger folks are writhing new songs and keeping the old-time style current, alive and vibrant. It is not a historical interest alone. The smooth, natural melodies and unadulterated instrumentation of the style speaks to them, and allows them to speak through the music and make it their own.
The Biscuit Burners are Shannon Whitworth (clawhammer banjo, guitar, vocals), Mary Lucey (bass, vocals), Bill Cardine (resphonic guitar, vocals), and Dan Bletz (guitar). (1-2-3-4, yep, got 'em all this time). They are based out of Asheville, North Carolina, which seems to be having a revival of interest in mountain music styles for the past few years. Only one year after they formed as a band and released their first CD, they have won the accolades of the bluegrass community. Their first CD Fiery Moutnain Music was chosen as one of the Top Ten Bluegrass Albums of 2004 by the Chicago Tribune, and their song "Come On Darlin" was chosen as the IPOD Hot Pick Bluegrass Song of the Year. Their songs, all original compositions, are so well crafted that they sound like old favorites. One day they may be.