ALIVE AFTER FIVE: BLUEGRASS WITH THE RANDOM CANYON GROWLERS!

This week’s Alive After Five headliner: Random Canyon Growlers
Go Listen Boise local opener: Sunnyvale Stringband

ABOUT THE RANDOM CANYON GROWLERS

Hard drivin’ traditional bluegrass from Jackson Hole!

Random Canyon Growlers hail from Jackson Hole, Wyo., but trace their origins to Randolph, Vt. Centered on the songwriting and picking talents of childhood friends David McMeekin and Jamie Drysdale, the band serves up fiery, pop-inflected bluegrass that do-si-dos the line where custom meets contemporary innovation. On their debut album, …Dickey Ain’t Got All Day, the Growlers explore a variety of grassy terrain, from old-school back-porch pickin’ to jazzy instrumental newgrass to Avett Brothers-styled punk-grass.

As a songwriting tandem, McMeekin and Drysdale complement each other well. Guitarist and vocalist Drysdale is definitively informed by pop, especially on cuts such as album opener “With You Beside Me,” the brooding “Blood Whistle” and Vermont-homage “Keep Your License Plates Green.” Meanwhile, banjoist and vocalist McMeekin grounds the band in its bluegrass roots. Tunes such as “Don’t Ask That Question,” the rousing “Afraid to Go Home” and classic rambler “Alaska Basin” exhibit a clear reverence for the giants of the genre.Seven Days

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