Open Road

Bluegrass Music

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The members of Colorado-based traditional bluegrass group Open Road play a friendly and faithful brand of down home music with an honest love for the music of Bill Monroe, Jim & Jesse, the Osborne Brothers, and Del McCoury. Their aptly titled 2000 release Bluegrass Music proves that the band is deeply entrenched in their back-to-basics style, and the bright harmonies are solidly anchored by the McCoury-esque high tenor of Bradford Lee Folk and the brightly ramshackle banjo of Mark Leslie. With all of the slick sounding contemporary bluegrass that was being made in the late '90s, Open Road's stripped-down, one-microphone sound is a breath of fresh air. These guys crank out some of the most authentic traditional bluegrass around, almost as if their '49 Nash Rambler went through a time warp, pulling them off tour near Mayberry and dropping them into a CD player near you.

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