Sweden has produced more than its share of quality contemporary bluegrass in recent years.
And based on this clever pair of videos from Dunderhead, both songs from their debut, self-titled album, we need to add them to that list. Their sound is fresh, creative and highly melodic, and their primary songwriters, Mikael Grund and Angelina Darland, write and sing quite effectively in English. I expect these will appeal strongly to American audiences.
This first video is Down The Line, written and sung by Angelina…
… and the second, Somewhere Along These Tracks from Mikael, with stop-motion claymation provided by Dunderhead banjo picker, Anders Ternesten.
Grund plays mandolin with the group, along with Jimmy Hermansson on guitar, Carl Karlsson on bass, and Ternesten on banjo.
They are in the US now for three weeks, performing this coming weekend at ROMP in Owensboro, KY, and have the new CD in tow. If you are able to catch them there, or at Jack Of The Wood in Asheville, be sure to grab a copy.
You can also catch them live on the radio July 6 at noon (eastern) on WDVX’s Blue Plate Special, which is streamed live online.