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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Lonesome County Rocks the Bluegrass Scene

Band Profile: Lonesome County

The Boys of Lonesome County

Lonesome County has been around for over a decade in various forms.  The current lineup features features the hard driving rhythm and killer licks of band leader Chad Jeremy coupled with the songwriting and musical virtuoso of Ann Arbor music legend David Mosher.  While Chad and David handle most of the vocal duties, Bill Arnold on Dobro, Ingo Mucha on banjo and Les Miller on the upright bass fill out the sound and provide the groove that drives the vocals into the stratosphere.

On the surface, they appear to be just another traditional, hard-driving bluegrass band, ready to take the stage with lightning fast instrumentals and killer 3-part harmonies laid over bluegrass standards.  But they are more...so much more.  Every member of the group is a master of their instrument, ready to jump in and put their unique spin on every break.  It's hard to say who might be the standout musician...they all are!

However, it is when they play their original material that this group really shines.  From Chad's traditional yet poignant mastery of the traditional bluegrass ballad, to David's playful takes on the "hippygrass" style, their original material never fails to grab the audience's attention (and often gets them on the dance floor).  Whether it's a concert-style show at the Ark or a bar-gig at the Circus, try to catch Lonesome County next time they play.  You will not be disappointed.

John P. Bayerl

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