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The Old Fashioned #19

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Sinner Friends

One of the coolest young ensembles that Amy Alvey has brought to the Old Fashioned record collection this year is Sinner Friends, the duo of multi-instrumentalists Grace van't Hof and Conner Vlietstra. Grace was a founder of Della Mae, a keen voice in Bill & The Belles and the banjo player in Chris Jones and the Night Drivers. Conner is still finishing his degree at ETSU but he’s been in old time music all his life. Together, they channel the Bailes Brothers and the Carter Family while adding something punky and today to their close harmonies. We’ve played them before but this week their single “Unforgivable You” anchors our first set. Also in the hour, new singles from from Woody Platt, who’s on his way out the door as frontman of the Steep Canyon Rangers, Appalachian Road Show and Riverbend. Bronwyn Keith-Hines fiddles magnificently in “North Garden.” Our lookback tracks come from the Osborne Brothers and Mac Wiseman, the Seldom Scene and the Bluegrass Album Band.

Lonesome Ace String Band - Cattlesburg
Woody Platt - One Last Goodbye
Sinner Friends - Unforgiveable You
Hard Drive - Combination Rag
Hubby Jenkins - How Bout You?
Appalachian Road Show - Blue Ridge Mountain Baby
Hawktail - Padiddle
Lucy Kaplansky - Ford Econoline
Osborne Brothers w Mac Wiseman - Midnight Flyer
Joseph Decosimo - - Katy Bar The Door
Robert Earl Keen - Footprints in the Snow
Riverbend - Most of the Time
Seldom Scene - He Rode All The Way To Texas
Bronwyn Keith-Hines - North Garden
Kathy Kallick w Tristan Scroggins - Sitting On Top Of The World
Bruce Molsky - Dear Jill
Bluegrass Album Band - Molly and Tenbrooks
George Jackson - Turtle Rock

Craig Havighurst is WMOT's music news producer and host of The String, a show featuring conversations on culture, media and American music. New episodes of The String air on WMOT 89.5 in Middle Tennessee on Mondays at 8 pm, repeating Sundays at 7 am. Twitter and Instagram: @chavighurst.