Area acoustic bluegrass quartet the Short Straw Pickers (theshortstrawpickers.com) has used renewed interest in roots music — a by-product of the post-Grateful Dead jam band movement — to become a regional festival favorite. Clever songwriting and incendiary musicianship also help. Both are displayed on a stellar new debut CD, “Upon That Hill.”
Its 14 songs were written by vocalist/guitarist Jack Schueler, who sings all lead vocals except “Love You All the Way” (by bassist Jeff Adkins). The group’s vocal harmonies are rounded out by Billy Gilmore, who plays mandolin and dobro on the loping opener “Open Road,” then adds banjo (on the manic “Jailhouse”) and pedal steel guitar (a countrified “Mr. Right”).
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