Enter The Leeway

The LeewayFrom Brooklyn, NY comes another young band using bluegrass instruments to play grass-inflected pop music.

The Leeway describes their style as Indie/Folk, but it seems likely to appeal to fans of modern, experimental bluegrass-based music, which we have described here before as a new dimension of bluegrass.

Their sound is based on the original music and lead vocals of mandolinist Pedro Barquinha, assisted by Mike Robinson on guitar, Bennett Sullivan on banjo, Matt Rousseau on bass, and Dominic Mekky on piano. Pedro mentioned that theirs was a traditional bluegrass ensemble format, but swapping the fiddle for a piano.

Robinson also contributed a song on their self-titled debut EP, released earlier this month, and Sullivan has a co-write with Barquinha.

The guys take turns explaining how the band came together in this video shot during the tracking sessions.


Have a listen to the album via band camp.


You can follow The Leeway on Facebook or at their web site.

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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.