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Old 04-18-2018, 01:08 PM
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Default Recommend to me some "listening" bluegrass...

Can anyone recommend any "listening" bluegrass. What I mean by that is some modern bluegrass that is fun to listen to? I'll be the first to admit that I LOVE playing bluegrass, but it isn't the most fun or interesting thing to listen to sometimes.

So, are there any bands or solo artists out there with some more modern twists perhaps? Billy Strings and Chris Eldridge with Julian Lage come to mind, but just curious if there are others.

PS: This is not meant to be offensive to anyone who has bluegrass running through their veins. I love playing it, just not so much listening to it.
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Hot Rize. Quite good, and nicely varied.
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This offering may not be modern as in new guys that just came out, but I find that the Del McCoury Band plays in a nice, tastefully balanced, easy to listen to manner.

I am put off by an overly oppressive banjo in some bluegrass songs. The banjo is like medicine. A little is good. Too much can kill you/the song. McCoury (in the songs I’ve listened to) seems to highlight the fiddle and to a lesser extent the mandolin much more than the banjo. That “mix” won me over.
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Trampled by Turtles is pretty good.
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Anything and everything from Molly Tuttle and Billy Strings...my two favs!!



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This offering may not be modern as in new guys that just came out, but I find that the Del McCoury Band plays in a nice, tastefully balanced, easy to listen to manner.

I am put off by an overly oppressive banjo in some bluegrass songs. The banjo is like medicine. A little is good. Too much can kill you/the song. McCoury (in the songs I’ve listened to) seems to highlight the fiddle and to a lesser extent the mandolin much more than the banjo. That “mix” won me over.
YES! 110% agreed
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I think the Bluegrass Diamonds out of New Brunswick are fun. Gibson Brothers are another. I find Old & In The Way, "fun" to listen to. And I gotta agree, on The Del McCoury Band.
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This offering may not be modern as in new guys that just came out, but I find that the Del McCoury Band plays in a nice, tastefully balanced, easy to listen to manner.

I am put off by an overly oppressive banjo in some bluegrass songs. The banjo is like medicine. A little is good. Too much can kill you/the song. McCoury (in the songs I’ve listened to) seems to highlight the fiddle and to a lesser extent the mandolin much more than the banjo. That “mix” won me over.
I love bluegrass, but really dislike the sound of a banjo (all my musician buddies give me a bunch of grief over this). About 99.9% of all bluegrass banjo players play Scruggs style and it's a sound that feels like icepicks in my ears. Several years ago I discovered Don Reno style banjo and it sounds much different, for lack of a better description it sounds like rock 'n roll banjo and is much more pleasing to my ear. If I hear Reno style banjo, my ears really perk up. Claw hammer is nice too.
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Oh yeah, to answer the OP's question. Check out some early Steeldrivers when Chris Stapleton was with them. That's a great start.
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Default Recommend to me some "listening" bluegrass...

Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth, String Cheese Incident, Leftover Salmon, Michael Daves. I realize a lot of this may not be “traditional”, but since you stated “modern” I’m taking that to mean you may include more progressive variants of the bluegrass genre that often fall into a “jamgrass” or full on jam band characterization. I love listening to both traditional and progressive bluegrass myself, but I’d probably rather be at a Railroad Earth show than a Hot Rize show personally.
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Bryan Sutton. Fantastic guitar work. I describe his music to people who are averse to bluegrass as "imagine bluegrass without the high pitch twang."
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Covered Grass is fun, and something you might not come across in the US.

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....So, are there any bands or solo artists out there with some more modern twists perhaps? Billy Strings and Chris Eldridge with Julian Lage come to mind, but just curious if there are others.
Check out Greensky Bluegrass... (some call it "jam grass") Theirs is a great modern take on Bluegrass. I have seen them several times... and man they put on a show!

This is a number from 2017 Hoxeyville...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wohWgV_qoMI

Redrocks 2017...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDbCoQu1EWM

You can check out their website and Youtube for much more.

Billy Strings is an acquaintance of mine. I have seen him a couple dozen times at local MI venues and at Hoxeyville Music Festival. He is very humble and one heck of a picker!

I have been fortunate enough to see, meet and hang with many of the performers at Hoxeyville over the past 11 years...The festival is on our property and one of the perks is all area access.
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