You may know that I’m kind of obsessed with string metaphors. I have a 10-year-old (poorly maintained) blog called String Theory and a live show by the same name. My Sunday talk show on WMOT just had to be called The String because it just wouldn’t let me call it anything else. From the cosmic theory that all matter is made of subatomic vibrating strings to the ties that bind us and the threads that run through history, I can’t find anything that’s not part of a string. And of course our American music cosmos wouldn’t be what it is without a whole lot of taught parallel wires on acoustic instruments. You might say it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that string.
With The Lonely Heartstring Band, we’ll be experiencing one of the most dynamic and important young groups in bluegrass music, but there’s also a country band with a string-bending steel guitar, a star of six-string electric guitar and a string band from New York state that refuses to pluck and bow their strings like anyone else. Let’s see what’s in store, in order.