North Wind from Bluegrass Express

From northern Illinois comes Bluegrass Express, and another single from their upcoming album, A Tribute to Jim & Jesse.

The Express is a family band with a unique story. The group includes three generations of Underwoods – Gary Underwood on guitar; his son, Greg Underwood, on bass; and Greg’s son, Jacob Underwood, on mandolin – along with two brothers from Oklahoma, Andrew and Jonathan Hunt on fiddle and banjo, respectively.

Their sound is very much a throwback to an earlier time in bluegrass music, in particular on this next project, the music of Jim and Jesse McReynolds, a hugely successful Virginia brother duet team from the 1950s through the ’70s.

For this second single, the guys have chosen North Wind, a song written by Charlie Louvin which he recorded with Jim & Jesse back in 1982. Greg and Jacob trade verses on their cut, which hews closely to the way the McReynolds performed it in the ’80s.

Have a listen…

North Wind from Bluegrass Express is available now from many popular streaming services online, and to radio programmers via AirPlay Direct.

The full Tribute to Jim & Jesse album is expected later this year.

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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.