The Blind Corn Liquor pickers performed Saturday night at the always intimate and always fun Uncle Slayton's. Singer/songwriter Kevin Abernathy opened the show.
To be honest, when I decided to attend the performance on Saturday night, I did not know quite what to expect. All of the research I had done on the Blind Corn Liquor Pickers showed me that the band had released many different variations of their bluegrass music. Whereas the band's earlier albums seemed to stay close to the traditional style of bluegrass, the latest release, Myths & Routines, definitely steps out of these traditional boundaries.
Their new material really sounds quite modern and almost leans toward popular rock at times. It does so, however, without straying from a heavy bluegrass influence. So, noting this, I was quite interested to see what the band's live performance would give.
After Kevin Abernathy's acoustic performance, which turned out to be a hit itself, the now seven piece Blind Corn Liquor Pickers took the stage. The crowd was very excited. It seemed as though the band had brought its hometown along. The show was very energetic, even during the slower songs. Tight instrumentation behind powerful vocals made for a fun evening.
As it happened, the differences among the band's releases was no issue, as the transitions between bona fide bluegrass numbers and songs with heavy electric guitar were quite smooth. The band always pleased the crowd by obliging to requests for old favorites, and many people were singing along, knowing almost every word. It was definitely a good time, and I would not be surprised to see The Blind Corn Liquor Pickers on a bigger bill next time.
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