Ernie Thacker and Route 23/Dry Branch Fire Squad (#806)
High-energy traditional bluegrass from two groups of young up-and-coming players.
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Two more great bluegrass acts take the Jubilee stage for this edition. These performances and interviews with the Dry Branch Fire Squad and Ernie Thacker and his band, Route 23, were recorded at the Festival of the Bluegrass in Lexington, KY.
One of the finest singers in bluegrass music today, Ernie Thacker has a classic sound, an energetic stage presence, and a commitment to professionalism that have already earned notice from veterans of the genre. He possesses the ability to draw his listeners into the song and connect with them through his understated yet heartfelt vocals. Thacker and his band, Route 23, are a group of up-and-coming players who provide a high-energy show of hard-driving mountain bluegrass.
The Dry Branch Fire Squad delivers a performance inspired by a fierce and uncompromising loyalty to the most traditional aspects of bluegrass, old-time, and Southern gospel music. Fueled by the musical vision and cultural commentary of Ron Thomason, the Squad provides a taste of the culture in which bluegrass and mountain music evolved.