Track Premiere: Farewell to Trion from Grain Thief

Tomorrow is the release date for Something Sour, Something Sweet from Grain Thief, a Boston-based group that blurs boundaries between old time and bluegrass music. They have agreed to let our readers have an early listen this afternoon of one of the tracks.

The group is made up of Patrick Mulroy on guitar, Zach Meyer on mandolin, Michael Harmon on bass, Tom Farrell on resonator guitar, and Alex Barstow on fiddle. Together they have played all across the US, sharing their raucous stage show with music lovers of all types.

Patrick shared a few words about the track they are sharing today, one called Farewell to Trion.

“The idea to put flute on Farewell to Trion, came out of a massive jam one night at the Burren in Somerville. Anh Phung from Twisted Pine was there, and she jumped in after the first few rounds and it just hit another level. We played that tune for an eternity that night.

When we went in to record Trion, we really had no plans to do anything out of the ordinary. After laying down the core of the tune in a live take, Zach jumped on the spinet piano and added that rockin’ keys part. Then we sent the track off to Anh and she recorded her part on the flute.

The combination of instruments on this track just makes me smile. It’s not old-time; it’s not jazz; it’s definitely not bluegrass. I have no idea what to call it, but I love it!”

Have a listen…

Something Sour, Something Sweet will be available on October 29 from popular download and streaming sites online.

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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.