Don’t forget: Tonight, 7 p.m., free, McMenamins Old St. Francis School. Local bluegrassers Blackstrap celebrate the release of their new album “Tales from the American Roadside.” Here’s my story on the band from last week’s GO! Magazine. An excerpt:
At a time when lots of so-called bluegrass bands stretch the boundaries of the genre, it’s Blackstrap’s preference for the old way that sets them apart. The band relies on vocal harmonies and a lightning-fast string-band attack to get their point across.
There’s even a Bill Monroe cover on “Tales.” Then again, there’s also a snare drum on one song, a no-no among bluegrass traditionalists.
“It’s not like we’re purists,” Arnold said. “In fact … I’d get a scoff or two in the traditional circles. But I’m not (doing) the way-out-there, jam-banjo thing, either.”