Bluegrass music doesn’t tend to travel well, it attracts a small, dedicated group of fans but it’s never really found a huge audience on this side of the pond (writing from the UK), having the stereotype of being almost-country music played with banjo’s, fiddles, mandolins and people with dirty hats and even dirtier fingernails, but when a band like Resonant Rogues do it, suddenly it becomes interesting, compelling and crucial.
Sitting somewhere between folk and country, bluegrass is music composed from the tales of the countryside, the valleys and mountains of America and the simple lifestyle of those who welcome frost on the windowpanes and working the earth. It’s an honest music that ignores production tricks and gimmicks, relying solely on good lyrics and good musicians to make good songs and Autumn of the World is crammed full of good songs.
Adding Parisian-style Gypsy jazz accordion and Middle Eastern rhythmic patterns to the, already strong, mix of Appalachian music, the duo take the listener through songs that will make you realise that there is much more to this music than first imagined. Bringing in violin, cello, trumpet, upright bass and drums to add layers to the guitar, accordion and two vocalists of the bands core, it’s a lovely trip into the wilderness and one that can be enjoyed whatever the weather or mood outside.
Pack a bag, put on some comfortable boots (and a dirty hat) and take this album for a walk.