Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh's finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Justin Jacobs (talking to us from Israel via Skype!), contributing writer to Billboard & Relix Magazine.
In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Justin:
Trampled By Turtles, "Widower's Heart" - This Minnesota band is getting closer to perfecting that aching, slow-crawling bluegrass sound, and this song is proof. It's from their latest album, "Stars and Satellites," which dropped in April. Disregard the silly name - these guys create beautiful music that won't trample you — it'll gently blow over you. That sure sounds cheesy, but give this band a shot. You won't be disappointed.
Yonder Mountain String Band, "Whipping Post, July 20, 2012" - YMSB has been the staple of the jamgrass scene for years now, with fans in both the jamband and bluegrass worlds. Though their own songs are certainly fun, I wanted to play a recent cover. This is the Allman Brother's "Whipping Post," played by YMSB at All Good Music Festival this summer. Their take is a lot faster and arguably more aggressive, despite being totally acoustic. You can find this whole set to (legally) download at www.archive.org.
Here are a few more of my favorite bluegrass bands for you to sort through in between spins of Mumford & Sons:
The Infamous Stringdusters
Hot Buttered Rum
The Rumpke Mountain Boys
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