Tag: bluegrass

Maygen & The Birdwatcher – Antidote

     New to Vodka, Maygen & The Birdwatcher present a beautiful blend between folk stories and styles, with nods to both bluegrass and country thrown in for good measure. Enter Antidote (seen/heard here), from the band’s recent long-player Moonshine (October 2021), which is a different twist on the classic love song.  Lyrically, Antidote highlights the stubborn self-sufficiency of the protagonist, which is just fine with their status alone and in control, until someone comes along with the tools to crack open the protective shell: “It’s always been my way, or no way I’ve…

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Mipso – Moonlight

     Clear back in 2013, Vodka posted a single, Carolina Calling, from bluegrass-tinged folk-pop group Mipso. Since that time, Mipso has been busy, continuing to carefully craft folk-pop gems. Moonlight (seen/heard here) is from the band’s latest (April 2018) long-player, Edges Run, containing twelve thoughtful and fun tracks.  At the time of the original review for Carolina Calling, the band had an earlier long-player, Long, Long Gone, which is apparently, um, long, long gone. No mention of that appears on their website. That said, there are two EP’s and another long-player, Coming Down…

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The Devil Makes Three – Drunken Hearted Man

     Vodka has never included a video from The Devil Makes Three before, most notably because the band makes very few videos that aren’t just audio-only tracks or full studio performances. But the new release from this band nearly demanded that we find a video somewhere so that we could add a review for the band’s new long-player, Chains Are Broken (August 2018). The Devil Makes Three is essentially a three-piece outfit, steeped in the folk storytelling tradition, but not at all beholden to a single style or…

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Mipso – Down In The Water

     From time to time, Vodka takes a look back at an artist that graced our reviews some time ago to see how the group or artists is faring today. Sometimes we are disappointed to find they no longer exist, and sometimes, like this time, we find that the group/artist is still out there making great music. Enter Mipso, which first appeared on Vodka back in August of 2013 with Carolina Calling. Mipso is a folk-bluegrass group from Chapel Hills, North Carolina. They have been making music for a…

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The Dead South – In Hell I’ll Be In Good Company

     The Dead South is a gravelly, gritty, road-worn bunch of Canadian misfits. Their brand of bluegrass and Americana influenced folk is full of stories of misdeeds and mayhem, but it’s something that you can get your feet into. Coming from diverse musical backgrounds that included metal and singer-songwriter, this unlikely amalgam somehow manages to make great and infectious music.  In Hell I’ll Be In Good Company (seen/heard here), is from the group’s first long-player,  Good Company (April 2014), but the band has a…

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