The Dark Side of Bluegrass

This months celebrates 41-years since the release of one of the most widely acclaimed albums of all time. On March 1, 2013, Pink Floyd released  The Dark Side of the Moon. Although it continues to influence new generations of modern rockers, the album also impacts performers of other genres.

Although Leftover Salmon and Yonder Mountain String Band have covered Pink Floyd (notably “Welcome to the Machine” and “Dogs,” respectively), Greensky Bluegrass selected a tune off DSoTM, often covering and even releasing their treatment of “Time” (check out the “Time > Breathe Reprise” off 2010’s live All Access: Volume One).

The circle is completed by San Francisco’s Poor Man’s Whiskey, a quintet that released the ultimate bluegrass tribute to DSoTM, 2010’s Darkside of the Moonshine. The first half of the album presents bluegrass/acoustic renditions of the Floyd classic track-by-track, including a liberal interpretation of “Money” recast as “Whiskey.” The second half of the album presents originals and the musical styling of Poor Man’s Whiskey becomes a little more varied.

The album is worth a listen (stream on Spotify) or even a download. Buy Darkside of the Moonshine or other Poor Man’s Whiskey releases through Amazon.com’s associate program and support JamGrasss.net. Poor Man’s Whiskey also takes the show on the road; catch the following dates for a live performance of Darkside of the Moonshine and check the website for a complete list of dates:

  • 3/30    Plains, PA        River Street Jazz Café
  • 3/31    Northampton, MA        Iron Horse
  • 4/01    Syracuse, NY        Westcott Theater
  • 4/02    Brooklyn, NY        Brooklyn Bowl
  • 4/03    Sellersville, PA    Sellersville Theater
  • 4/04    Fairfield, CT        Stage One
  • 4/05    Fairfield, CT        Stage One
  • 5/22    Port Angeles, WA    Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts
  • 10/14    Danville, IL        Phases of the Moon

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