Blue Grama – Dust Bowl Blues

The sights, sounds, people and places of Northern Colorado are of their own unique breed and stature, as many can attest to. For Blue Grama, however, it was apparently no difficult task to transplant a little taste of Appalachia into the heart of the Rocky Mountains. The Fort Collins-based bluegrass sextet lavishly introduces us to the clear influences of Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson and Alison Krauss. Claw-hammer banjo picker Michael Baute and fiddle player Lydia Azure run in untiring circles around the easygoing, nonchalant voice of Sam Meunier and the band’s rotating cast of vocalists. In a genre often criticized for its lack of musical diversity, Dust Bowl Blues contains its fair share, from the seemingly foreboding “High and Lonesome Grave” to the lighter Johnny Cash cover of “The L & N Don’t Stop Here Anymore.” Be sure to catch the group’s entertaining live show at a number of local venues, including performances at Fort Collins’ Equinox Brewing (May 24th) and a CD release party at LaPorte’s The Swing Station (May 11th).
—Charlie Anderson

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