It’s unhelpful — not to mention flat-out inaccurate — to call all those folk-rock outfits who take their cues from the proven “stomp, strum and shout along” template bluegrassers. An acoustic guitar, mandolin and banjo does not a bluegrass band make. But there are bona fide bluegrass groups out there doing their thing with youthful, reckless abandon, and Asheville, N.C.’s Town Mountain is a fine example. The quintet’s had Mike Bub — who’s played bass for just about everybody who’s anybody in the genre — as a producer for their past two albums, and they’re currently in the running for an IBMA emerging artist award. In other words, they’re rightly recognized as being legit. But they also give themselves plenty of stylistic wiggle room. Last year’s Leave the Bottle bounced between rollicking straight-ahead fare, proto-rock, neo-trad country and jaunty boho picking. Better yet, they don’t take themselves too seriously.
Thu, Aug 8 | 8:00 PM
The Station Inn