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    “This is what it sounds like when a banjo smiles,” is how The Misty Mountain String Band describes itself, and anyone that has ever given them a listen would be hard pressed to disagree.

    The group is made up of Kentucky and West Virginia natives who have a deep respect and appreciation for the traditional folk music of the Appalachian Mountains.  Neal Green (fiddle), Derek Harris (bass), Paul Martin (mandolin/banjo), and Brian Vickers (guitar) all met when they were attending seminary – and formed the ensemble for a one night only performance at an old-time camp revival in the summer of 2012. 

    Two albums and countless shows later, the band hasn’t looked back.

    Their debut album was later released in the spring of 2013, entitled “Went to the Well.”  Its release and reception immediately declared The Misty Mountain String Band as one of Louisville premier folk and bluegrass bands.  In the years following its release the group played with the classical Louisville Philharmonia Orchestra, as well as with Nora Jane Struthers and Town Mountain.

    2015, however, has seen the release of the band’s latest album “Brownsboro” – which is a collection of songs that explore the classic themes of classic music through the lens of contemporary players.  This group of songs had the benefit of years of playing before resting in their final form.  The melodies are infectious, the hooks are jarring, and the playing is precise, in the hands of proficient instrumentalists.  Tracks like “Ship in a Bottle” and “Steam Powered Aero Plane” are sweltering barn burners that truly showcases the band’s prowess.

    The Misty Mountain String Band will be performing as part of The Mayor’s Music and Art Series this month on today, May 7th at City Hall (527 W. Jefferson St.).  The show is free, and feel free to bring your own lunch to the performance (but no outside drinks, Louisville Pure Tap water will be provided); the doors open at 11:30 AM and music begins at 12:10 PM lasting about 45 minutes.

     

     

     

    (photo by Nick Adams)

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    About Brent Owen

    Born and raised in Louisville, I have lived here most of my life (except during a short furlough, when I, lovelorn and naive, followed a girl to Baton Rouge). My roots are here, my family, my friends, and my life are all here. I work primarily as a free-lance writer for a few local and regional publications. I have also written two books (one a memoir, the other a novel) that barring some divine intervention, will probably never see the light of day. I find myself deeply ingrained in the local bar scene, or perhaps better said, I often indulge in the local drinking culture. I love music, movies, comedy, and really just about any other live performance art.

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