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"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 D's

Inhabitants of the Planet:
(from 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
Magic Fiddle
El Yunque

A Brief Lesson in Musical Astronomy... or History of the "Planet"

Pioneered 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.
Voted 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.
For 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.

Next landing:
September 10: Sterling Fair, Sterling,MA

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