Thanks go out to our friend Bill Evans, west coast banjoist and renowned instructor of the five string, for pointing us to this fine review of a free show by Cherryholmes in New York City’s Madison Square Park this past Wednesday evening. As Bill had suggested, it was interesting to read this review of a band with whom we are well familiar, written by someone from outside of our bluegrass community.
Cherryholmes is an extremely flexible band, shifting arrangements, physical and vocal, several times per song. (At one point late in the show all the family members formed a line and jubilantly clogged.) And even though they are capable traditionalists ‚Äî their self-titled fourth album is an excellent display of fundamentals ‚Äî onstage they can be eccentric, especially Jere, the patriarch.
After a discussion of how to remain creative while touring the country with your family, he deadpanned, "The songs that I wrote happened to come out murder ballads." "My True Love" was written by Sandy, he said, but not about him, because "she couldn’t find any words that rhymed with ‚Äòshort.’ Or ‚Äòlong gray beard.’ Or ‚Äòbald head.’ "
It’s a brief review, but captures the spirit and style of the band’s live show quite well. Read the full article on the Times’ web site.