Mason Porter’s latest offering, the excellent EP Key to the Skyway, is a leap forward in both confidence and sound for the band. New members, fiddler Sarah Larsen and drummer Kevin Killen bring a fullness to the former folk-grass trio’s sound that has transformed the unit into a roots-rock band to take notice of.
With last year’s release of their sixth studio album, Shouted, Written Down & Quoted, Greensky Bluegrass emerged from the pack of their improvisational brethren with one of the best records of the year, jamgrass or other. It’s a record that further defined their sound and set their north star. Principal songwriter and vocalist Paul Hoffman wrote and sings on nine of the eleven originals: a nuanced collection of songs narrating doubt amid maturity, running while standing still.
While the final presidential debate was raging last night and most of America was lamenting our disconnectedness, a couple thousand Philadelphians gathered with several internationally revered musicians to think and talk and sing about one issue that seems to be becoming a slowly vanishing blip in the election cycle radar: the global refugee crisis. At least at last night’s Trump/Clinton throw-down, the candidates mentioned it, which is more than can be said about the first debate.
@KellyGC411 We are so sorry for your loss, Kelly and Miguel. You are an inspiration to all parents in the way you’ve lived your life and shared your story of vulnerability and love with Adelaide. May peace be with you.
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@mbondurant@LaraAvery That’s good shit. “I taught myself how to listen for beauty, and mistook beauty for everything.” Also, anthology #3 makes me think of us in an overstuffed room at 625 Main Street.