To me, the one thing that sets good bluegrass and country apart from the piles of crap is good instrumentation and a nice-sounding voice. I couldn’t give a rat’s ass about funny, redneck lyrics, faithfulness to genre, songs about God and trucks, etc., or the rest of those things that country aficionados prioritize—a nice voice and a bitchin’ fiddle can carry a band a long way in my book.
More Song About Buildings & Cows definitely falls into the Good Country pile, as well as the Good Bluegrass pile, since so many elements of both genres are present here. This band is tight-the guitar pickin’ and fiddlin’ here is mind-blowing, especially in their auctioneer-fast cover of Lou Reed’s “What Goes On”—and the female lead vocals are pleasantly nostalgic of early Dolly Parton without being over the top or feeling forced. And while I already said that lyrics in songs like these aren’t really important to me, the lyrics are well on-par with the talent of the musicians, covering subjects from being addicted to truck driver speed to rock stars to feminism and love, extremely clever and smart and funny throughout.
// Notes from the Road
"Saul Williams played a free, powerful Summerstage show ahead of his appearance at Afropunk this weekend.READ the article