‘Tis the season for giving!
While the gift we bluegrass fans most hoped for, normality, remains elusive, there is nonetheless no shortage of standout bluegrass and roots music acts visiting the Philadelphia area this winter.
Speaking of gifts, if you are searching for something to get the music lover in your life, you could do worse than tickets to one or more of these great shows. And all of these artists have new music out (or forthcoming) on vinyl, CD, and/or streaming. Below are links to each artist’s website, where you will be certain to find that special gift.
Anyway, we’re all busy wrapping, so let’s get right to the Philly Bluegrass top 10 for Winter 2022!
Remember to check venue websites prior to attendance for any Covid-related schedule changes or safety requirements. Stay safe out there and have fun!
December 18: Andrew Marlin at City Winery Philly
Andrew Marlin put out no fewer than three albums during the pandemic, and performed on others, including the one belonging to Christian Sedelmyer, who joins Marlin at City Winery Philly. Visit Andrew Marlin’s merch store for copies of Fable & Fire and Witching Hour.
December 18: Mipso at Milkboy Philly
Mipso’s newest record, a self-titled affair, is out now on Rounder Records. You can pick up a physical copy at the show at Milkboy Philly, the second in a two-night stand, or on Mipso’s website.
POSTPONED TO MARCH 20: Railroad Earth at Brooklyn Bowl Philly
Railroad Earth’s winter tour is its first in almost two years. Fill your stocking with band’s recorded catalog at their website, where you can also find tickets to the show at Brooklyn Bowl, plus live downloads and CDs via Nugs.net.
January 8: Rhonda Vincent & The Rage at Sellersville Theater
Rhonda Vincent’s newest album Music Is What I See, out this May on the Upper Management label, would make a great gift for the traditional bluegrass fan in your family. So would tickets to see Ms. Vincent and her band at Sellersville Theater.
January 21: Greensky Bluegrass with The Infamous Stringdusters at The Met Philly
You can pre-order the new record from Greensky Bluegrass, Stress Dreams, at the the band’s website, or pick up a copy at The Met Philly, where the band gives its release-day performance on January 21. They will be joined by 2022 Grammy nominees The Infamous Stringdusters, who have yet another album coming out February.
January 28: Lost Dog Street Band at Underground Arts [SOLD OUT]
Speaking of elusive, the word is an apt description of tickets to see Lost Dog Street Band at Underground Arts. Though the show is sold out, you can pre-order the new album Glory at the band’s website.
February 17: Gangstagrass at Brooklyn Bowl Philly
This February the 2021 America’s Got Talent quarter finalists will help christen the stage at the recently-opened Brooklyn Bowl Philly. You can score tickets and pick up a vinyl or CD copy of the band’s latest album, No Time for Enemies, at the band’s website.
February 24: Punch Brothers at The Fillmore Philadelphia
The Punch Brothers’ newest album is a tribute to the late Tony Rice, and was recorded shortly before the great guitarist’s passing on Christmas Day 2020. Hell on Church Street is available for pre-order and pre-save at punchbrothers.com, as are tickets to the just-announced show at The Fillmore Philadelphia.
March 4: Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives at the Colonial Theatre
To celebrate the album’s 20th anniversary, Marty Stuart has released a re-issue of The Pilgrim. In addition to being the first-ever vinyl pressing of the record, the re-issue includes previously unreleased tracks. You can grab a copy and tickets to the Colonial Theatre at the Marty Stuart website and store.
March 11: The Arcadian Wild at City Winery
Nashville’s The Arcardian Wild’s latest record, Covered: Beneath Another Sky, is out now and available on their website, where you can also score tickets to their March performance at City Winery Philly.