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The Earls of Leicester

Barry Bales (bass, vocals) – Shawn Camp (guitar, lead vocals) – Charlie Cushman (banjo, guitars) –

Jerry Douglas (Dobro, vocals) – Johnny Warren (fiddle, bass vocals) – Jeff White (mandolin, vocals)

When the Earls of Leicester formed in 2013, their mission was ambitious but exact: to preserve and promote the legacy of bluegrass legends Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, in hopes of reviving the duo’s music for longtime admirers and introducing a new generation to their genre-defining sound. Within a year of releasing their self-titled debut, the Nashville-based six-piece far surpassed their own expectations, winning a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album and earning six awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association.

 

Twisted Pine

Praised by NPR for their “upbeat, poppy vibe; energetic, driving rhythms” and “virtuosic solos,” Twisted Pine has quickly become one of the most acclaimed young string bands in the Northeast. Steeped in traditional music, these musicians are also fearless, tuneful improvisers and passionate lovers of pop. While it’s easy to celebrate each of the band members individually, Twisted Pine is more than a collection of talented musicians – it’s a unit that grooves together. Their intricate arrangements of swelling, syncopated rhythm and precise instrumental interplay bring the enveloping sound and hooks of indie pop to an acoustic instrumental setting. That’s why the Boston Globe calls them “a wider version of stringband, boundary jumpers akin to outfits like Punch Brothers, Nickel Creek, and Crooked Still.”

 

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