Friday night we saw New Town, a bluegrass band from Lexington Kentucky featuring Katie Penn as singer and fiddle player. Katie had a brief country music career, but as her bandmate said, she wanted to get back to her lucrative bluegrass where she's made "tens of dollars". New Town was a solid band with great vocals and tight musicians.
Saturday we arrived at 6:30 for a 7:00 door opening for a 9:00 show...and the line at 6:30 was already long. In a town with about a hundred music venues to choose from on a Saturday night, this turnout is indicative of how popular is the band The Steeldrivers. We've seen them a number of times, including twice last spring in Nashville and Gettysburg. They are another solid, tight bluegrass band, but their big draw is their amazing bluesy lead singer, Gary Nichols. These guys brought down the house. Gary was a country artist previously and the fiddle player toured with Reba McEntyre. Both of them joked that they gave up the private jets to ride a 12-passenger van and make the big bluegrass money. I'm just glad that they're doing what they do! My clip from last night: