MMS Presents: An Interview With Illinois’ Rising Alternative Bluegrass Band The Way Down Wanderers

Olivia Nicholson January 21, 2019 No Comments

MMS Presents: An Interview With Illinois’ Rising Alternative Bluegrass Band The Way Down Wanderers

One of the most beautiful things about music are the infinite possibilities, and the ability to execute in a distinguished way. The Way Down Wanderers are no stranger to this notion, and blaze a path all their own. The Way Down Wanderers first and foremost are songwriters. Their music is bluegrass-centric, but their not pidgeon-holed into following traditional rules when it comes to the limitations of a musical genre. Any fan of bluegrass music will tell you how timeless the classic sound of a banjo, fiddle, upright bass, and acoustic guitar mesh together. The band take those classic roots, and pour in their own energy and originality. Their unique sound is a blend of raw acoustic instrumentation and thoughtfully crafted vocal harmonies, with a taste of electric fire and percussive drive. With their upcoming album fast approaching, the guys are testing the limits of creativity and possibility now more than […]

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MMS Presents: An Interview With Nashville’s Bluegrass Wunderkind Billy Strings

Paul Howard June 15, 2018 No Comments

MMS Presents: An Interview With Nashville’s Bluegrass Wunderkind Billy Strings

Legend has it Billy Strings’ mother’s water broke at a picking session while at her father’s birthday party, and the rest was history. Before Billy knew what Sesame Street was, he was getting a feel for his finger work on a guitar. Billy’s father instilled the power and passion of music in him at a young age, and from then on his path was clear. Billy has cemented himself as one of the busiest and most talented up and comers in bluegrass music today. Earlier this year Rolling Stone published an article on him titled “Bluegrass Prodigy Billy Strings Plots 2018 Spring Tour,” and also crowned him one of the Top Ten New Country Artists to Know in 2017 which you can check out HERE. He’s played on stage with legendary artists like Del McCoury, David Grisman, Sam Bush, and more, while also having been on tour with acts like […]

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MMS Presents: An Interview With East Tennessee’s Bluegrass Phenoms The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys

Paul Howard March 28, 2018 No Comments

MMS Presents: An Interview With East Tennessee’s Bluegrass Phenoms The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys

Deep in the rolling hills, peaks, and valleys of the Smoky Mountains, among the moonshine and sunshine, dwell some boys that were made to ramble. The Po Ramblin’ Boys are a four-piece bluegrass outfit that possess all the elements of an authentic, boot tappin’, straw chewin’, arm lockin’ sound that appeals to generations. Listening to the Po Ramblin’ Boys can easily conjure images of George Clooney, John Turturro, and Tim Blake Nelson hightailing it from Mississippi trouble, or performing as the Soggy Bottom Boys in the classic Coen Brothers film “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” They can hang with the best of ’em, and execute with spot on charm and Dixieland enchantment bluegrass music often delivers. We were lucky enough to catch an interview with vocalist and mandolin-shredder C.J. Lewandowski, and chat with him about their inspirations, albums past and present, their lengthy 50+ tour dates (not counting shows earlier […]

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