Alive After Five: The Trishas with Black Jack Moonshiners

A night of laid back bluegrass on the Grove


Alive After Five: The Trishas with Black Jack Moonshiners

Tonight's installment of Alive After Five features two outstanding bluegrass bands on the Grove stage, The Trishas from Austin, Texa and local group Black Jack Moonshiners from Eagle.

Bluegrass architect Bill Monroe once described the genre as, "Scottish bagpipes and ole-time fiddlin'. It's Methodist and Holiness and Baptist. It's blues and jazz, and it has a high lonesome sound. It's plain music that tells a good story. It's played from my heart to your heart, and it will touch you. Bluegrass is music that matters."

Both of tonight's bands play with a feeling that indeed, their music matters. They share a similar aesthetic, bluegrass music that's rife with soothing melodies, somber lyrics, melancholy tunes, traded licks and plenty of room for dancing.

The Trishas formed last year after a one-off performance at the Steamboat Music Festival in Colorado. The performance went over incredibly well, leading to the formation of a full time band. Since then they've toured all over the western United States, taking their gorgeous harmonies and relaxing old-time sound to bars, clubs and venues everywhere. Their website amply describes their music as, "think of what would happen if Texas dirt, Mississippi River water, City Lights, and Apple Pie all sat down in a pickin' circle at an Austin, TX backyard party."

The same could be said for Black Jack Moonshiners, with a touch of Idaho back-country thrown in. The trio takes a slower, more psychedelic approach to bluegrass. Their tightly composed songs break into extended sessions of improvisation, highlighted by Scott Harrison Tyler's unique guitar work and Kayleigh Jack's fiddle play. Their website describes their music as, "progressive bluegrass with a hint of classical rock... completely unique."