VIDEO: Watch The Hillbenders, up close and personal

I first heard The Hillbenders at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival a couple of summers ago. The 5-piece band from Springfield, Missouri, was practicing in the woods. Reflected off Catskill Creek, their sound was a refreshing blend of original music and progressive bluegrass. They unabashedly took pop classics and made them their own. I caught them at a showcase in a suite at the Renaissance Hotel in Nashville, during the annual IBMA conference.

These single-mic champs went five-mics wide on the main stage. But here’s why they need to stick to the theatrical one-mic style of playing — even though, in the video below, there was no room for a mic. Enjoy this half-hour show:

The Hillbenders perform on the main stage at IBMA 2011. From left, Chad Graves, Mark Cassidy, Nolan Lawrence, Gary Rea, Jimmy Rea. Photo by Stephen Ide

The Hillbenders perform on the main stage at IBMA 2011. From left, Chad Graves, Mark Cassidy, Nolan Lawrence, Gary Rea, Jimmy Rea. Photo by Stephen Ide

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~ by folkmaster on November 11, 2011.

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