"Acoustic Planet has been on the scene for more than ten years,
combining great singing, songwriting, and instrumentals in a contemporary
string band format. They draw on American traditions as well as new acoustic
visionaries such as Sam Bush, David Grisman, and Alison Krauss for their
inspiration. They have the wit to see the connections between traditions,
and the courage and taste to blend them with great results. Acoustic Planet
has a unique and fresh perspective on where the music has been and where
it's going, so don't miss them."
- August Watters, host of Hillbilly Night at Johnny
Inhabitants of the Planet:
left) Tom Macdonald (drums), Glenn Nelson (banjo), Ray Cody (bass, vocals),
Peter Anick (fiddle/mandolin, vocals), Matt Carlen (guitar, vocals)
Have a listen:
Can't Believe That's Bluegrass
Calm Before the Storm
| A Brief Lesson in Musical
Astronomy... or History of the "Planet"
in the late ‘70s by groups like the New Grass Revival and David
Grisman Quintet, and gaining a substantial following with the Flecktones
in the early ‘90s, the acoustic-based mix of world music, bluegrass
and jazz has finally come into its own. Whatever you call it — new
acoustic, bluegrass, newgrass — the Boston area’s Acoustic
Planet has been cultivating their brand — a distinctive sound best
described as “jamgrass,” popular among Deadheads and Phish-heads
— for nearly a decade.
top local folk act by the Worcester Phoenix music poll in the mid ‘90s,
today’s Acoustic Planet has taken another step farther outside the
traditional bluegrass boundaries, adding drums and creating a fresh repertoire
of original compositions featuring the bluegrass-y vocal harmonies and jazzy
instrumental excursions that have characterized its sound from the beginning.
three years running, Acoustic Planet has ranked among the top five finalists,
capturing second, third and fourth places, in the Winterhawk Bluegrass Festival
“Best Band” contest, one of the largest such events in the country.
September 10: Sterling Fair, Sterling,MA
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