Mosier Brothers Bring Their Sound to Poplar Knight Spot
The Rooster's Wife brings the Mosier Brothers to Poplar Knight Spot, Sunday, July 1, for their first Sandhills visit.
There is seating inside and outside under the awning and under the stars. Picnics are welcome.
Tickets are available online, at theroosters wife.org, or at the door if still available.
Admission for this week's show is $12 in advance, and $15 the day of the show.
"The Rev" Jeff Mosier is the founding member of Blueground Undergrass, the earliest music pioneer that merged bluegrass instruments and traditional tunes with the magnetic energy of rock 'n' roll. The band he fronted for more than a decade recorded four albums and built a sizable national following by combining bluegrass purism with a jam band sensibility.
Jeff is known as "the right reverend" because of his ability to deliver his message persuasively, be it bluegrass or life philosophy, as a result of his study and preparation.
He understands the importance of occasionally re-inventing oneself.
"Some people are threatened by starting over," he says. "Me, I love it. I really do."
In late 2009, Mosier decided to put Blueground Undergrass - the band he had fronted for more than a decade - on hiatus. He liked to describe the sound as "psychedelic hick-hop."
Ultimately, he began to realize he'd grown weary of playing loud music in bars; it overwhelmed the content of the words he sang every night.
"We used to call that band a 'wall of twang,' and it was a lot of fun," he says. "Now it's a different time. I think people really want to hear 'songs' right now. I want to be held accountable for the lyrical content."
That's what led to the formation of the Mosier Brothers, a band fronted by three of the core players of Blueground Undergrass: Jeff Mosier on banjo and vocals, Johnny Mosier on guitar and background vocals, and David Blackmon on fiddle.
The jamming is still there; so is the intuitive musical interplay that was the hallmark of Blueground Undergrass. What's different is that the Mosier Brothers sound is quieter. With the exception of an electric bass (plus drums), the core band is all traditional acoustic string instruments.
"The fiddle, banjo and acoustic guitar are the original disco sound," Jeff Mosier says. "Bluegrass was the disco music of the moonshiners."
The band is fronted by Jeff Mosier on banjo and Johnny Mosier on guitar. Col. Bruce Hampton alumni Kris Dale rounds out the sound on bass.
Jeff Mosier views the Mosier Brothers as a middle ground between the traditional bluegrass flavored sound of Good Medicine, a band he and his brother fronted for 23 years, and the "wall of twang" jam band sound of Blueground Undergrass.
They still jam, but the lyrics and the sweet harmonies of the Mosier Brothers now drive this newgrass bus.
Mosier says, "I hope that the sound of the Mosier Brothers will open up new avenues for the original music that my brother, Johnny, and I have played together for more than a decade, allowing us to better tell our stories, and bring our years of experience into a connection with the people and audiences of the ever-growing and eclectic world of Americana - which to me is a marketplace that holds great value in preserving live music's value in our world and culture."
Poplar Knight Spot is located at 114 Knight St. in downtown Aberdeen.
The doors open at 6 p.m. for this week's show, with the music kicking off at 6:45.
For more information, visit www.the roosterswife.org, call (910) 944 7502, or email email@example.com.
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