Gillian Welch

Charm City Bluegrass Festival offers the entire spectrum of string-band music

Charm City Bluegrass Festival offers the entire spectrum of string-band music

Despite its name, the Charm City Bluegrass Festival will expand its scope to include the entire spectrum of string-band music when it returns to Druid Hill Park this Saturday. The all-day, four-stage event will include everything from traditional bluegrass to new-grass to the new-wave of old-time bands. What all these bands have in common is a hard-driving rhythmic propulsion, but their music usually works best when that energy is balanced by emotional vocals.

Zach Lupetin learned that when he hired Liz Beebe for his band, the Dustbowl Revival, probably the most exciting act in an overall strong lineup. The California octet had built its reputation on a combustible combination of...

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