Brian Setzer pays tribute to bluegrass legends

Brian Setzer has been something of  a musical enigma over his 30 year career in pop music. He first hit as a rockabilly guitar hero with Stray Cats, followed by time with Robert Plant’s Honeydrippers, and eventually his own swing/jump ensemble, The Brian Setzer Orchestra which formed in the mid-1990s.

Setzer never abandoned his interest in rockabilly music, and it is in this vein that his upcoming album, Setzer Goes Instru-MENTAL!, includes tributes to bluegrass pioneers Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs. There is a guitar reworking of Blue Moon Of Kentucky, surely the most covered of Monroe’s many classic compositions, and Brian straps on the five string for a decidedly non-Scruggsy version of Earl’s Breakdown.

The CD is due on April 19 from Surfdog Records. You can grab a listen to Earl’s Breakdown from Rolling Stone online.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.