The Bluegrass Situation: Roots Culture Redefined


Feb 19, 2016

We've teamed up with the good people at Pickathon to present a season's worth of archival — and incredible — videos from the Pacific Northwest festival's Lucky Barn Series. Tune in every fourth Tuesday of the month to catch a new clip.

Number five in the Lucky Barn Series comes courtesy of Nathan Bowles and his banjo. On "I Miss My Dog," Bowles sets a slow, sparse pace that does, indeed, mirror longing and loss. A few minutes in, a gentle playfulness emerges and gradually builds to a rousing climax before settling back down after nearly 11 minutes. He goes on to talk about how repetition is "built into the clawhammer style."

Pickathon comes back to the Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, Oregon, from August 5-7, 2016. Click here for more, and stay tuned for an exciting season of Lucky Barn videos.

Photo credit: Nehemiah Sliwoski

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