The Laws, Spring Creek play Steves
November 15, 2007
CARBONDALE Old-time music takes center stage this weekend at Steves Guitars in Carbondale, where the Canadian duo of John and Michelle Law performs Friday and Front Range quartet the Spring Creek Bluegrass Band plays on Saturday.Both acts showcase the music of rural Americana old-timey bluegrass/country with tight harmonies, accomplished pickin and a dose of twang.The Laws, a husband-and-wife team from Ontario, call Tennessee their base these days. The duos seventh CD release and fifth full-length effort, 2007s Ride it Out was recorded in Nashville for their own label, JML Music, and features the trademark, tight harmonies that have earned the couple a comparison to the Everly Brothers.Or, as another reviewer put it: If Gram Parsons married Alison Krauss, their music would sound a lot like John and Michele.John plays guitar and Michele lays down the bass lines. As songwriters, they were honored in April at Merlefest in Wilkesboro, N.C. Am I Still the One from Ride it Out, co-written with Regie Hamm (the albums producer), earned a win in the general category of the 2007 Chris Austin Songwriting Competition.They make their debut at Steves on Friday, Nov. 16 at 8:30 p.m. The listening room is at 19 N. Fourth St.Spring Creek Bluegrass Band out of Lyons, Colo. brings its mix of traditional bluegrass standards and originals to Steves on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 8:30 p.m.The band is coming off its second Planet Bluegrass title at the 35th annual Rocky Mountain Bluegrass Festival, held in July in Lyons, and the quartet won the band competition during Junes annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival.In addition, banjo player Chris Elliott was named 2007 RockyGrass banjo champion. Joining him is bassist/lead vocalist Jessica Smith; Alex Johnstone on mandolin, fiddle and vocals; and guitarist Taylor Sims.We won Telluride pretty exclusively based on the strength of our original material, says Johnstone in the bands online bio.Its a good bet theyll have copies of their 12-track 2006 release, Rural & Cosmic Bluegrass, available in Steves backroom.Opening for Spring Creek is local duo The Tippetts, comprised of Megan Goodwin and Shanti Gruber. The singer-guitarists offer what they call folk-blues with a hint of soul.Steves collects admission at the door a price that is rarely announced in advance of the show.