Timely post. I was in Portlandia on Sunday on an extended layover on my way back from Idaho. It was blazing hot (97) so we went to the most popular hipster foodie ice cream shop. With a line out the door and down the street two guys with a banjo and an upright were playing bluegrass serenading the patrons. One of them was barefoot and wearing an Operation Ivy shirt which made it classic Portlandia.
Anyway, they were covering Pink Floyd and it led me on a search of youtube for Pink Floyd bluegrass covers. I like.
These guys put a great spin on traditional bluegrass. I've met Vince the lead singer a few times and a couple weeks ago I was hired to photograph the Moods of the Madison music festival in Ennis, MT and had an all access pass. I got to hang out with the band and now keyboardist Bill Payne BS'd in depth with me about cameras and photography. For those who don't know, Bill Payne is one of the founding members of Little Feat and is just an awesome guy. I was a little star struck and did my best not to stutter
Any fan of bluegrass knows Peter Rowan. Here's what happens when he runs off to Jamaica and brings back a reggae band. They play some of the most ethereal music and it is awesome live. I saw them play a version of Rowan's Panama Red that stands as one of the best pieces of live music I've seen.