Rounder Records has announced a June 3 release date for Deep Waters, their first project with Boston-based Lonely Heartstring Band.
This contemporary bluegrass band consists of five talented and thoughtful musicians, four of whom met while students at Boston’s prestigious school of modern music, the Berklee College of Music. The school has in recent years opened up to study of the common bluegrass instruments, allowing grassers to engage in Berklee’s rich culture of musical diversity and experimentation.
George Clements is on guitar and lead vocals with his brother Charles on bass, Gabe Hirshfeld on banjo, Patrick M’Gonigle on fiddle, and Matt Witler on mandolin. All save Charles met at Berklee, and got together on a sort of a dare when a friend asked if they could put together a set of all Beatles songs in a bluegrass setting for a wedding reception.
Their sound combines a legit bluegrass feel with a more pop-oriented songwriting and arranging sensibility. They are very much in keeping with other groups Rounder has signed of late, like Della Mae and The Deadly Gentlemen, though perhaps more grassy than the Dellas and more approachable than those Gentlemen.
Here’s a taste of their music.
Ken Irwin with Rounder speaks highly of this outfit.
“It’s rare these days to hear a new bluegrass band that has a sound all their own, but the Lonely Heartstring Band’s got that, and more, with intricate instrumentation, beautiful voices, and songs which are emotionally resonant and very relatable. We are extremely excited to be working with the LHB and to be able to share their music.”
The band will be touring extensively this summer in collaboration with the CD release.