February 25, 2016
Some serious stringing occurred at The Troubadour last week courtesy of another nice Bluegrass Situation Presents double bill of the globe trotting Della Mae first on before the Infamous Stringdusters. The women of Della Mae’s resumes are top flight and they pulled no punches during their hourish set. Oh, and did I mention they know how to squeeze every bit of languor from “Love in Vain”?
Celia Woodsmith prepped the crowd for the “face melting” Infamous Stringdusters and she wasn’t far off. The floor was packed for these guys and their devotion among the growing jamgrass legion was apparent. Not a lot of pickers could make “In God’s Country” sound straight out Music City. Fiddler Jeremy Garrett fueled the ‘dusters throughout their headlining set, who were joined by Della Mae’s Woodsmith and the Bay Area’s Nicki Bluhm for the last few tunes at the world famous Troub. In case their jamgrass cred left any doubt, guitarist Andy Falco and dobro player Andy Hall, as well as Nicki Bluhm, joined Phil Lesh and Friends at the Vegas Brooklyn Bowl later in the week for what I heard was a pretty fine twist on classic Dead material.
Suffice to say, the Bluegrass Situation pulled it off again, and I, for one, am looking forward to whatever they do next, in these parts and elsewhere.