“Grain Thief are pushing bluegrass as a genre, looking forward and exploring new ways and new sounds.” — Americana UK
Grain Thief is a 5-piece string band from Boston MA. The group comprises Patrick Mulroy (guitar, vocals), Zach Meyer (mandolin, vocals), Michael Harmon (bass, vocals), Tom Farrell (lead guitar), and Alex Barstow (fiddle). Formed in 2015, the group released their debut EP Animal, which showcases their roots in folk, bluegrass, and old time music. The group spent their formative years playing shows and residencies around New England before heading back into the studio to record their first full-length release, Stardust Lodge, in 2018. This album was a departure from Animal’s bleak simplicity; experimenting with additional instrumentation within the group and a more developed songwriting, arrangement, and production style. The band spent much of 2018 and 2019 touring the material in the Northeast, Southwest, and Southeastern United States, with performances at music festivals like Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival and Ossipee Valley Music Festival and opening for artists like Tim O’Brien, Mile Twelve, and Town Mountain. The record saw success on radio stations nationwide charting weeks in nationally-reporting music charts. In August 2020, the band released Gasoline, their latest full length. The new material, recorded mostly live-in-the-studio around a few microphones, shows the band returning to their true live sound as a roots string band.
King Margo is a magnetic female alt-country/americana act based in Nashville, TN. Their recent September 2022 “Waters Rise” album is filled with what Saving Country Music proclaims as “interesting and curious textures throughout, unique and unexpected approaches to songs, and inspired songwriting graced by soaring performances.” The group consists of Lucciana Costa and Rachel Coats, who grew up 40 minutes apart but didn't meet until many years later in the middle of a Kentucky field. They connected instantly, both musically and personally, and the seeds for what would eventually become King Margo were planted. Often collaborating with fellow Nashville troubadour and roommate Gabe Lee, this group is poised to break onto the national scene in 2023.