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Mighty Poplar from the album Mighty Poplar
Mighty Poplar from the album Mighty Poplar available on Mighty Poplar/Free Dirt Records (by Bryant Liggett)
Mighty Poplar are an experimental band with respect to tradition. A side-gig supergroup, you’ve got musicians who do time in Leftover Salmon, Watchouse, Punch Brothers, and Billy Strings band, traditional that they will and do up the music of Bill Monroe right, while also being New-Grass without taking the liberties to get experimental. Their self-titled debut walks a line between the two, a charged-up package of winners borrowed from a diverse canon of song, from players displaying unquestionable talent.
A.P. Carters “A Distant Land to Roam”, “Black Jack Davy”, and “Little Joe” are all clean and catchy. Mighty Poplar drop a thick tale of the West with Martha Scanlan’s “Up on the Divide”, rip through an instrumental, traditional “Grey Eagle”, where every instrumentalist keeps their foot on the gas. The band performs “Let Him Go on Mama” just as John Hartford intended, animated and fun. They close the record on a dramatic note, covering Leonard Cohens “Story of Isaac”.
This is a perfect super-group. They nod to their array of influences with the utmost respect, while a myriad of notes are placed exactly where they need to be. The solos are all hot, the vocals are all honest, and Mighty Poplar is a reminder that some of the current top-notch musicians have all come up in the Bluegrass ranks. (by Bryant Liggett)
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