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Album Review

The psychedelic flowers that light up the cover of Faces suggest the band's tongue-twisting name is purposeful: Blueground Undergrass easily converts into Bluegrass Underground. The name, in turn, suggests that the dozen songs and instrumentals that fill Faces aren't traditional bluegrass. If the name itself doesn't convince the skeptic, a quick listen to the title track and "Dublin Blues" will. The title track really doesn't venture too far from bluegrass, though Matt Cowley's percussion lets the listener know that this isn't Bill Monroe. "Dublin Blues," on the other hand, qualifies as alternative country, with slashing slide guitar, fiddle, banjo, and drums creating a bigger sound. "Our Feet" abandons any pretense of roots altogether, alternating between funky guitar on the choruses and smooth trumpet on the mellower verses. This pastiche of styles could either be described as eclectic or scattered, though the sheer variety of styles precludes overall unity. Blueground Undergrass nonetheless fits comfortably in the String Cheese Incident school of bluegrass-jazz-folk, allowing each of the band's members to bring something different to the overall mix. For anyone who likes his or her bluegrass commingled with an adventurous spirit, Blueground Undergrass' Faces should fit the bill. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr., Rovi

Customer Reviews

The Perfect Blend

All these years I've been misled by the music industry as to what talent is. If only I had met my husband (a jam band junkie) 10 years earlier so that he could open my ears, eyes, and mind to the truely remarkable sounds and REAL talent of the likes of Blueground Undergrass like he has in the past couple years! Here are just a few personal reasons I love this album: I love songs like these that I can sing along with, the original tracks have great meaningful lyrics, the layer of instruments (fiddle, banjo, bass, acoustic and electric guitar, steel guitar, horns, etc.) gives an eclectic feel to the Americana sound. If you like thought-provoking lyrics and good solid melodies with some newgrass/jazz style improv thrown in, definitely give this album a try.

get a new singer

great band needs a new singer really badly though, yeesh. when you guys get one thought make a new cd.

Last review sucked

The previous review obviously has never been so fortunate to have seen blueground undergrass live. If the had they would recognize the musical talent and pervasive song writing ability of Mr. Matthew Williams. “get a new singer” should also note that the legendary Jimmy Herring and Col Bruce Hampton also perform on this album. This is a great album, however you are doing yourself a great disservice if you have never seen BGUG live. When compared to a live BGUG hootenanny, the album doesn’t hold a candle, of course not to take away quality of the cd, its just that this is a band to see with a beer in your hand and 1000 hippis beside you grooving as hard as you are.


Genre: Country

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Another band on the long list profoundly influenced by the work of Col. Bruce Hampton, Blueground Undergrass released two albums of progressive jam band bluegrass in the late '90s, fronted by their founder and banjo player Rev. Jeff Mosier. The principle antecedent to Blueground Undergrass was the long-running combo Good Medicine, which featured Mosier along with future Undergrass members Edward Hunter (fiddle) and Mosiers brother Johnny (guitar). The band, which existed for over 20 years, played...
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