Philly Bluegrass Top 10: Spring 2022

If it feels to you like every band that you have ever heard of in your life is on tour right now, you may not be imagining things. Concerts are back, and back in a big way. Last month, Billboard reported that Live Nation’s “overall concert pipeline” is on pace to exceed 2019’s, and that in February the concert promoter set a new record for shows in that month.

Good thing, too, because fans are itching to experience live music again. Maybe you have seen all the first-show-in-two-years posts popping up on your social media feeds?

With so much going on, wouldn’t it be nice to have a guide? Well you’re in luck, because the Philly Bluegrass Top 10 for spring 2022 is here. Check out the list for some of the outstanding bluegrass and roots music shows coming to Philly venues large and small this season.

And remember that the Philly Bluegrass Calendar is online 24/7, cataloging all the bluegrass and acoustic roots happenings in town, including the newly-revived monthly Bluegrass Brunch at Heritage. (Have an event to submit? Contact us!)

Happy Spring! See you out there!


March 31: Henhouse Prowlers at World Cafe Live

Chicago bluegrass stalwarts the Henhouse Prowlers arrive in Philly having recently been named runner-up as Best Country Band in the Chicago Reader‘s “Best of Chicago” poll. The Henhouse Prowlers are also known for their Bluegrass Ambassadors program, which has taken them to more than 25 countries preaching the gospel of bluegrass to people around the world. Preach on! The Cheddar Boys open. Tickets $17 advance/$20 door.

April 6: Lavender Country at Kung Fu Necktie

Lavender Country’s 1973 self-titled debut was “perhaps the first country album by an openly gay person,” according to Pitchfork. Now, nearly 50 years later, Lavender Country is back with its sophomore effort, “Blackberry Rose.” While critical reviews of the record are all over the map—from Pitchfork’s 7.7 to Saving Country Music’s 1.5 (yes, both scores are out of 10)—there’s no denying the noteworthiness of Lavender Country’s appearance at the Baby’s First Rodeo series hosted at Kung Fu Necktie. A ticket, assuming you can get one, will cost you $16 in advance or $20 at the door.

April 7: Sierra Ferrell at World Cafe Live

Bluegrass is just one of the styles on Sierra Ferrell’s genre-bending 2021 Rounder Records debut “Long Time Coming,” an album whose credits are a ‘who’s who’ of the bluegrass biz, featuring the likes of Billy Strings, Tim O’Brien, Jerry Douglas, and Justin Moses, to name just a few. But Ferrell’s writing and timeless voice is the real star of this show. Tickets $20-$32 advance // $23-$35 door. Timbo opens.

April 9: Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway at MilkBoy Philly

Molly Tuttle leads her new supergroup to Center City venue MilkBoy in April. In addition to Tuttle, Golden Highway is Bronwyn Keith-Hynes (fiddle), Dominick Leslie (mandolin), Kyle Tuttle (banjo), and Shelby Means (bass). The band will release its Nonesuch Records debut on April 1, and that’s no joke. Called “Crooked Tree,” the record reportedly features luminaries like Gillian Welch, Margot Price, and Billy Strings. Oliver Hazard opens the show at MilkBoy. Tickets $25.

April 13: The Wooks at City Winery Philadelphia

The Wooks released their third full-length album, “Flyin’ High,” in February 2022, and the Kentucky band immediately hit the road, playing dates throughout the southeastern U.S. in February and March. The band makes its way north in April, with three dates in Pennsylvania, including April 13 at City Winery Philadelphia. Opening will be Philly locals ‎Who? What? When? Why? & Werewolves? Tickets $12.

April 14: Watchhouse at Union Transfer

Watchhouse (formerly Mandolin Orange) visits Philadelphia for the first time under its new name, which the band says better represents the band’s “true intentions” than the citrusy pun of old. Those intentions are manifest in the band’s excellent self-titled debut as Watchhouse, released in August via Thirty Tigers. The name and the music may have changed, but the venue remains the same. The band has made several appearances at Philly’s beloved indie venue Union Transfer over the years. Advance tickets $30.

May 4: Old Crow Medicine Show at Brooklyn Bowl Philly

On April 22, Old Crow Medicine Show will release its latest album, “Paint This Town,” which Rolling Stone notes is the band’s seventh studio recording, its first since 2018’s “Volunteer,” and also marks the band’s return to its former label, ATO Records. The first three singles are out now, one of which (“Bombs Away”) features Molly Tuttle. Tickets $45.

May 11: The Quebe Sisters at Sellersville Theater

The Quebe Sisters describe their sound as “Progressive Western Swing.” “Progressive,” because although they too hail from Texas, the sisters say they “aren’t trying to sound just like Bob Wills.” The band is touring behind its fourth studio album, which is both self-titled and self-released. Tickets $22-30.

May 20: The Dead South at Fillmore Philly

We still haven’t figured out why this Canadian band isn’t called “The Dead North” (get it?). But there’s no need to ponder their popularity, stemming from the viral success of “In Hell I’ll Be In Good Company,” which is nearing 300 million streams on YouTube. (It had a paltry 75 million streams back in 2018 when the band played The Trocadero, which has since died from a different type of viral affliction.) Tickets $28.

June 9-12: Wind Gap Bluegrass Festival

Wind Gap Bluegrass Festival is circled on most Philly bluegrassers calendars as the official start of festival season. Wind Gap is a beautiful, wooded (bring bug spray!), dog-friendly festival with easy camping and lots of jamming. Not to mention affordable, at $75 for a full-weekend pass. No inflation here—you would have paid the same four years ago in 2018. Junior Sisk, Appalachian Road Show, Serene Green, Danny Paisley, and more perform.

Philly Bluegrass Top 10: Winter 2022

‘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.