Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Mountain Heart is not your grandfather's bluegrass band

By Bill DeYoung

Smack in the middle of Mountain Heart’s most popular instrumental rave–up, “#6 Barn Dance,” the award–winning bluegrass sextet will veer into 4/4 time and start banging out some familiar–sounding chords ... and there it is, like it was meant to be part of an old–time breakdown: AC/DC’s “Back in Black.”

That’s the sort of thing to expect from this most progressive of progressive bluegrass groups: The unexpected. Ever since the band was formed, 10 years ago, by exiles from Alison Krauss’ and Doyle Lawson’s bands, Mountain Heart has been about adding surprise and showmanship to its certifiably brilliant brand of acoustic musicianship.

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