Thursday, February 2, 2023

Mighty Poplar - "Up On the Divide"

Mighty Poplar are a new roots supergroup that features Andrew Marlin from Watchhouse, Noam Pikelny and Chris Eldridge from Punch Brothers, Greg Garrison from Leftover Salmon, and Alex Hargreaves from Billy Strings. The five musicians formed the new band out of a love of improvisation through bluegrass. Their debut single, "Up On the Divide," was written by cowboy poet and songwriter Martha Scanlan. This is pure roots music done to perfection, but that's hardly a surprise considering the pedigree of the musicians involved. You know how some songs just feel like friends hanging out and playing music instead of a more formal arrangement? "Up On the Divide" has that sound, but done with world class musicians. Something tells me we'll be following Mighty Poplar very closely around here.

You can watch the video for "Up On the Divide" below. Mighty Poplar's debut album is due out March 31 on Free Dirt Records, and can be pre-ordered here. For more on Mighty Poplar, check out the band's website.

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