Bluegrass really is a melting pot genre, which tells the story of America’s richly diverse cultural history. With its roots in the music of Appalachia, it takes influence from the traditional music of Scotland, England and Ireland and later the huge influence of African-American Jazz. What if it was time for one more addition? Something to give it a new edge? Something like metal.
Enter Blood and Banjos.
The group spawned from that very question; can one coherently combine bluegrass and metal? What started off as an eccentric and compelling personal challenge for co-creators Mike Lindsay & Andrew Schurr quickly developed into a large scale musical collective, with various artists joining the collaboration from all over the United States. Blood and Banjos were born.
In traditional bluegrass style, their debut album is set to tell a story revealed through beautiful and rich integration with metal. On their Kickstarter project page, the band explains:
So far we have the story of Abram Stone, an Appalachian family man who's been tricked by the Devil into a path of violence and tragedy. In Abram's poisoned mind, only he and his 5-string banjo can prevent the coming of the Anti-Christ and the resulting apocalypse, but the Town Mayor stands in his way. The story is revealed via the music of ten collaboratively developed tracks.
To achieve their goal of telling this story, the collective have reached out to their fans in order to crowd-fund the project, with a litany of offers in return for donations.
Their Kickstarter project ends 01-Apr-2013. Listen to three demo tracks and become a part of Blood and Banjos here and say hello to new breed if American music.