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Courtesy John McBroom
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The electic newgrassers of Blue Mule are celebrating their 10th anniversary as a band on Wednesday.
But it should be a pretty relaxing night for the band. It is opening the show at Martin’s Downtown Bar & Grill for Asheville, N.C., acoustic trio Underhill Rose .
The Blue Mule set should be, as it always is, a wild mix of styles. This is an act that covers Jethro Tull’s “Locomotive Breath,” Little Feat’s “Down On The Farm,” The Meters’ “Hey Pocky A-Way” and The Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood.” But it has plenty of original songs, too. Its 2012 release, “This Way Or That?” includes such Mule-centric tunes as “Mountain Bluebird” and “Etiquette” — with the latter featuring verses from Roanoke rapper Byron “Poe” Mack .
The band has played venues both intimate (Annie Moore’s Irish Pub) and huge (FloydFest).
Go to blogs.roanoke.com/cutnscratch to read some of the band’s thoughts and recollections.
Underhill Rose — with guitarist/singer Molly Rose , banjoist/singer Eleanor Underhill and bassist Salley Williamson — brings sweet harmonies with laid-back Americana songs.
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