06 October 2020

Front Country (USA) to release Impossible world (update)

Front Country (USA), who were on the 2019 Omagh lineup, will be releasing their third album, Impossible world, at the end of this month. They are also the Spotlight Band for No Depression for the whole of October. David Menconi*, in his article 'Front Country puts down new roots in "protest pop"' judges that the new album 'might be the record that will take Front Country out of the bluegrass world for good'. Their latest single, 'Broken record' (it can be heard on their website), with its images of present discontents and protest movements of the past sixty years, is already well outside any normal bluegrass parameters.

*Update 7 Oct.: David Menconi's Step it up and go: the story of North Carolina popular music, from Blind Boy Fuller and Doc Watson to Nina Simone and Superchunk has just been published by the University of North Carolina Press; a book of 328 pages, with fifty-six half-tone photos, priced at $30.00 in hardback and $22.99 as an e-book. See John Lawless's feature on Bluegrass Today.

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