This incredible triple bill played the World Cafe Live in Philly one week ago today.
I was really impressed by the musicianship, groove and friendliness of all three of these bands.
The Stringdusters opened up the show. I have never seen them in person, but I know many of you have. Just awesome. Great musicians with a real solid and beaming stage presence. A great job of playing and blending together. You would hear everyone distinctly, and it was mixed well.
Chatham County Line played next. I had never heard of them before, but I am sure they will become a favorite of bluegrass/roots/americana fans. They use a single mic around which they all stand, adjusting their vocals by moving toward and away from that mic. Real old time look and feel with them all standing around a single mic stand. The musicianship, again, was impeccable, and they, too has a real great stage presence.
Crooked Still followed, and they did not disappoint. I had seen them once before, and have been looking forward to seeing them again for quite some time. I was concerned that the exit of Rushad Eggleston(?) on cello would be a great loss. I loved his eccentricity and his percussive cello playing. Well, he's been replaced by another cellist and a violinist. They are a perfect fit. Seemed like they had been in the band all along. Beatuful playing on both their parts, espcially the fiddler!
The encore was absolutely killer. Crooked Still was joined by all the members of the Stringdusters and Chatham County Line for a powerful rendition of Neil Young's "Helpless".
The bands all hung out between sets and after the show, mingling and discussing just about anything freely with the audience.
All in all, a memorable evening. I cannot wait to catch these bands again!
Each band has a new CD, and I would highly recommend all three of them.
that's a good line-up
saw crooked still and mike marshall at the freight & salvage last month
If I can figure out how to get some gaps out of some discs I'll be able to vine a Stringdusters show someone here gave me. In time.
Listening to the new Chatham County Line disc, "IV", and it is real nice.
Great how Bluegrass is getting such a boost from the jam band community, among others.
If only Jazz could find some support from somewhere. It is dying