American Drive

Nashville Scene Critic's Pick …

It’s time for the annual Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America shindig — an indoor bluegrass festival and band competition surrounded by a cacophony of nonstop pick-your-brains-out cheek-by-jowl jam sessions. The Station Inn stands ready to cater to participants looking for something a little less noisy and a little more organized with three nights of killer mainstream ’grass. On tap this year: a nifty trio of acts with a range of longevity and a slightly narrower range of styles. First up is tonight’s show by the all-female Sister Sadie, a new outfit whose interest in the traditional side of the music is modulated by the gentle beauty of lead singer Dale Ann Bradley’s voice; closing the series on Saturday is IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year Junior Sisk, a mountain-mournful, hard-singing veteran whose interest in the traditional side of the music isn’t modulated at all. In between, there’s American Drive, built from J.D. Crowe’s old New South and led by mandolinist Dwight McCall. The quintet stands to benefit from the recent addition of utility man Shayne Bartley on banjo and, especially, guitarist/singer Adam McIntosh, whose relaxed croon should both pair and contrast effectively with McCall’s forceful tenor. Given their need to grapple with Crowe’s towering legacy, it’s no surprise that American Drive’s taken some time to really get off the ground, but it looks like they’re finding their groove, and it’s a mighty fine one. Find more information about the weekend’s lineup at

—Jon Weisberger

Fri, Jan 31 | 9:00 PM
The Station Inn
21 and over
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American Drive

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