Bridging the divide between straight-drive, traditional grass (Del McCoury Band, Lonesome River Band) and genre-warping progressive grass (the Punch Brothers, Front Country), Colebrook Road strives to find a common middle ground, creating new enthusiasts for bluegrass while expanding the definition of the genre for established fans. The band members blend varied influences from ‘90s’ country to heavy metal to punk rock to, yes, traditional bluegrass.
Guitarist, lead vocalist, and main songwriter Jesse Eisenbise lends his great vocal range and racing guitar picking to each song, while banjoist, dobroist, and bass vocalist Mark Rast hammers out blinding right-hand rhythms blended with just enough left-hand virtuosity. Mandolinist Wade Yankey’s gargantuan rhythm chop and inventive breaks play off of fiddler and baritone vocalist Joe McAnulty’s searing, syncopated fiddle work. Bassist and tenor vocalist Jeff Campbell holds down the bottom end with a notably percussive drive.
The group’s third recording, On Time, will turn any skeptic into a bluegrass fan and will bring a grin to the face of the established diehard.