Love me some good old-fashioned bluegrass pickin’.
Bluegrass has really had a revival in recent years, with artists like Billy Strings, Sturgill Simpson and Tyler Childers helping to push the genre back into the mainstream where it belongs.
And The Kody Norris Show, an award-winning bluegrass band with roots in the heart of Appalachia, is keeping the fine art of bluegrass alive and well.
Founded by frontman Kody Norris over a decade ago, the band brings back the sound of guys like Bill Monroe and Ralph Stanley in a way that’s modern yet still honors the roots and tradition of bluegrass.
Norris was named Entertainer of the Year at the 2023 Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America, and the band also took home the trophy for Instrumental Group of the Year. And when you listen to their sophomore album, Rhinestone Revival, it’s not hard to see why.
The album, which drops on Friday, June 2, really showcases the art of bluegrass, with each member and their respective instruments getting a chance to shine across tracks that range from the high-energy “Gotta Get My Baby Back” to the lilting waltz of “Please Tell Me Why.” And across all of the tracks, the band showcases their tight harmonies and incredible pickin’ skills that make traditional bluegrass such a special art.
One of the standout tracks on the album is “Baltimore I’m Leaving,” a song about getting to the big city and realizing your small-town ways just don’t fit in. And we’re excited to bring you the first listen to the track exclusively here at Whiskey Riff.
Check it out, and if you’re a fan of bluegrass, make sure you give the whole album a listen when it drops tomorrow.