Cornmeal just dropped the long awaited album Slow Street a solid country/bluegrass fused into whatever creative hybrid these guys can think of. The jammy island interludes feel really good amidst the classic country backdrop, as a perfect vacation from monotony. Groovin’ and movin,’ and then slow down into some really incredible string solos, the fiddle will to transport you to “Old Virginia” and then even farther away, to some cobblestone street in Eastern Europe, laid in simpler times. Wavy Dave’s precision banjo plucking sets a perfect tone for this whole scene. A bumping upright double bass, some quick fingers on a guitar, and a drummer that sounds like he’s havin’ a blast. Can these guys tear it up? “Long Hard Road” is a song I could listen to three more times and then some after I finish this third play in my ears, right now. This is what I want. Play that stuff fast. Give me bluegrass. They deliver this song just how I like it. Every one of these guys is super talented, and I’m really glad they’ve finally gotten this album together.
Fifteen years playing, and I think a little less than half of those to get “Slow Street” done, (Maybe hit the gas down the next street!) but seriously, these dudes are really making it happen, Chicago made, Bonaroo playing, Americana my way. Bring your dancing shoes because, again, that guy can fiddle! Cornmeal is band with strong presence, pleasing harmonization, and a tight, well thought out blend, altogether enabling a solid execution on this recently finished project. Probably get to hear these new songs on my birthday, July 30th, here in Denver at Cervantes’ Other Side. Tickets are on their website. All in all, I’m excited that they’re doing their thing, laying down some long tracks where everybody gets some time to shine.