While putting this month's bulletin together, I have been listening to a bit of country music. This is not a natural genre search for me, even though I have always been fond of James Taylor. I came across multi instrumentalist/singer/songwriter, Sarah Jarosz, along the way and was instantly captivated by the way she blurs the lines between many genres. The combination of Acoustic Bass, Mandolin, Violin, Banjo and Guitar are classic country/bluegrass ensemble fare, but the way she uses them (and plays them by the way) offers hints of epic musical orchestration, even dare I say it, prog?
Anyway, I thought some of you out there may enjoy discovering her output - I would strongly recommend doing so in hi res - Qobuz has a fairly comprehensive catalogue of her work including a rendition of Radiohead's "The Tourist", which I am totally in love with (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnNDXjSxr4M
) - Not a foot stomper that one though! - I have put a link to a different, live track behind the picture above.
If you are as titivated by the musical arrangements and the way the sounds of these acoustic instruments are put together, I would also recommend a journey through "All Ashore" by Punch Brothers. If Sarah blurs the lines, Punch Brothers bend and twist them in very interesting ways. Try this one for a flavour, then find a hi res stream or download of the album! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjPJo74RSLg
Until Next Month, keep your ears and minds open.