The Bluegrass Situation: Roots Culture Redefined

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RECAP: The BGS at Bonnaroo 2017River Whyless stepped onto the stage at That Tent while the temperature was still bearable, the dust was still minimal, and the sky was bright blue -- that signature Tennessee summer haze would come later. Their fiddle and harmonium wafted out over Centeroo like a roots music call to prayer.…
DispatchesJun 14, 2016

Anyone turning to music for solace likely found a welcoming home in That Tent, where John Moreland was getting the BGS Stage started with his gut-wrenching Oklahoma Americana. “Well the older I get, truth gets harder to find. And famous false prophets get by off of robbing good men blind,” he sang on “Blacklist,” one of…

DispatchesOct 6, 2015

The gargantuan, sand-colored Bluegrass Situation banner that formed the backdrop for Saturday’s Greek Theater main stage performances has flown in Tennessee at three Bonnaroo super-jams, but until this weekend, it had never been hoisted in the BGS's home town of Los By God Angeles.In other hands, very large logos can be obnoxious, as we know.…

DispatchesSep 21, 2015

The Americana Music Festival & Conference is, as its name would imply, a festival, but it's also something of a family reunion. For music industry folks, journalists, and especially, artists, the annual Nashville festival can serve as one of the only times of year the gang is all together, and as such is one of the…

DispatchesJun 11, 2013

BY ARTHUR HANCOCK Rarely do we find ourselves in a situation in life when we are without responsibility, without plans; just straight up raw bones on the road.  I have been lucky to have spent the last few months bumming rides, surfing couches, and playing bluegrass music from coast to coast, wandering from weddings to…

DispatchesJun 10, 2013

Photo by Rachel Fox It is difficult even to discuss Punch Brothers. Best attempts at classifying the band by genre result in multi-hyphenated neologisms. Try hyperbolically overstating their proficiency, merely for effect, and you'll still come up short. They've quite literally outgrown their instruments' traditional sonic capacities, and often resort to banging around on all…