Bridging the divide between straight-drive, traditional grass played by the Del McCoury Band and the Lonesome River Band and the genre-warping progressive grass done by the Punch Brothers and Front Country, Colebrook Road strives to find a common middle ground, creating new enthusiasts for bluegrass while expanding the definition of the genre for established fans.
Influences of the members of Colebrook Road abound, from ‘90s country to heavy metal to punk rock to, yes, traditional bluegrass. Each member brings their own experiences to the music to create something greater than what the five individuals could have ever achieved separately.
Guitarist, lead vocalist, and main songwriter Jesse Eisenbise lends his great vocal range and racing guitar picking to each song, while banjoist, dobroist, and bass vocalist Mark Rast hammers out blinding right-hand rhythms blended with just enough left-hand virtuosity. Mandolinist Wade Yankey’s gargantuan rhythm chop and inventive breaks play off of fiddler and baritone vocalist Joe McAnulty’s searing, syncopated fiddle work. Bassist and tenor vocalist Jeff Campbell holds down the bottom end with a notably percussive drive.
With the group’s third effort, “On Time,” released on May 3, 2019 on Mountain Fever Records, Colebrook Road aims to take their songs farther across the country and to a broader audience than ever before. “On Time” lays out ten songs, with two borrowed from friends and one unexpected cover from a legendary ‘80s album, that will turn any skeptic into a bluegrass fan and will bring a grin to the face of the established diehard.
Photos by Dee Sabatino, D.S. Photography