Thursday, February 23, 2017

Al Scorch - "Everybody Out"

Photo by Alexis Ellers
Bluegrass has existed in it's main, traditional form for decades. Most bluegrass artists tend to be traditionalists and keep it in the same form it's always existed as. Sure, there are a bunch of progressive bluegrass bands out there (which the media has dropped the ball by not calling nu-grass), but they ignore tradition for a new sound.

Eneter Al Scorch. Al Scorch does traditional bluegrass, but with a bizarre, unique, almost menacing sound. I'm sure his new song, "Everybody Out," will get lumped in with the freak folk guys, but those bands are more about wearing flowers and pretending your band is a cult. "Everybody Out" is just... weird. And that's before you even get to the puppets and face paint filled video for it. It's rare that we get an artist that takes traditional folk and bluegrass and does their own thing all over it without attempting to reinvent the genre, but that's what Scorch does.

You can watch the video for "Everybody Out" below. Al Scorch's latest album, Circle Round the Signs, is available now via Bloodshot Records. For more on Scorch, check out his website.

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