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  Bob Weir - Blue Mountain

Bob Weir returns to his roots, after a fashion, in his new solo effort.  The Grateful Dead veteran, who spent part of his youth as a Wyoming ranch hand, draws on that experience in this collection of new material.  With the American West as the primary motif, we’re taken from river crossings to campfires to ghost towns in scenes overlaid with regret, loss, and yearning.  Along the way, I was delighted to hear homages to traditional folk standards such as Shenandoah (Only a River) and Darling Cory (Lay My Lily Down).  The maturity of Weir's vocals works well with this material, providing added depth and character.  Blue Mountain is well worth a listen.

   Bow Thayer - The Source and the Servant

Chathm Co Line - AutumnEfforts to define Bow Thayer’s music range from “progressive Americana” to “psychedelic folk.”  His latest album will challenge those labels even further.  On The Source and the Servant, Thayer is in pure traditionalist form, paying tribute to his blues heroes, Dock Boggs and Mississippi Fred McDowell.  New lyrics and arrangements put Thayer’s distinctive mark on most tracks, but credit the head-turning sonic qualities to a device of Thayer’s invention – the Bojotar – described as a banjo, resonator guitar, and traditional guitar, all in one.  This is a stripped-down production that won’t appeal to everyone, but if you’re a fan of authentic Appalachian and Delta blues, check out Bow Thayer.
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The Punch Brothers performed at the North Carolina Museum of Art on July 15, 2015 By Juliemacieav1 (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Old Crow Medicine Show @ Central Park SummerStage, New York, 08/04/2014 Photo by Vladimir, Creative Commons license ShareALike 4.0 International
The Lovell Sisters on Watson Stage, MerleFest 2007 By Al McCloud (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, Gillian Welch, David Rawlings By Ron Baker from Austin, Texas [CC BY-SA 2.0 ( or CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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