Quick Hits: Crow Quill Night Owls and Misty Mountain String Band – Bluegrass and Roots Music Done Right

This quick hits is for fans of old timey toe-tappin’ music that puts us in another time period. Fans of Justin Townes Earle, Jack Klatt, and other bands that pay homage to the past really need to pay attention to these two incredible bands.

Crow Quill Night Owls
-These guys have an huge album Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams available on bandcamp. Even though it’s done in an old fashioned style, with gestures toward early jazz, ragtime, and some southern country, the themes of the songs are anything but stuck in the past. It makes the music seem all the more genuine that it references contemporary issues as well as “classic” themes. From banjos to washboards and a powerful gravelly lead vocal voice, Crow Quill Night Owls are sure to find some fans among our regular readers here at EarToTheGround. Check them out!

Misty Mountain String Band
-From the initial plucks of the banjo and fits of the fiddle on Went to the Well listeners can tell that Misty Mountain String Band spend a lot of time mastering the art of bluegrass. They are certainly players. But then their vocals are pretty darn good too. They sound best when harmonizing. The songs are nicely balanced, with “Canaan” being probably the best on the album. At times they remind me a bit of Old Crow Medicine Show, while other times they clearly have their own distinct bluegrass style. The recording quality on this album is far higher than one might expect from a bandcamp download, so give it a listen. Fans of bluegrass (broadly defined) should give these guys a listen.

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