[INTERVIEW] Andy Thorn: A Delve into the Cosmic Destiny of Life

Andy Thorn is a busy man.  The Boulder, Colorado based banjoist lived by an eventful schedule, playing in his band, jamgrass pioneers, Leftover Salmon, and touring with various musician friends nationwide before the pandemic.   While Covid may have halted Andy’s travel schedule, he used quarantine life to foster his creativity in other ways.  The bluegrass musician churned out twelve-plus months of prolific output including last summer’s “Tiny Deck Concerts,” a quarantine album with wife Cecelia titled “Fox Songs and Other Tales from the Pandemic,” a new podcast called “Holy Shit, I’m a Dad,” and, his most proud creation, a new baby, his son, Barry. 

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Welcome to Colorado The True Home of Bluegrass

Bluegrass is the unofficial state music of Colorado, so a five-hour marathon of Appalachia’s finest export at the newly reopened Red Rocks Amphitheatre made the most fitting welcome back to both fans and musicians.  To further strengthen the Centennial State’s bond with the genre, all four bands who performed on Saturday call Colorado home.  Jamgrass pioneers, Leftover Salmon, headlined the May 8 event and welcomed Andy Hall and Friends, Meadow Mountain, and Lonesome Days to warm up the audiences’ ears, feet, and knees.

Showtime started early, at a prompt 4:45.  I must apologize to opening band, Lonesome Days, as I missed their entire set.  The lot buzzed with action and I used their showtime to catch up with friends I hadn’t seen all pandemic.  I’m sorry!

Once seated inside the venue, upper stage right in the Coca Cola section, my eyes and ears absorbed my surroundings.  Hanging from the middle of Red Rocks’ new roof was Leftov...

The Allman Betts Band at The Funky Biscuit

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The Allman Betts Band played an incredible two-night run live from the Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton, FL last week. This was the most intimate show I’ve seen this band play. The Funky Biscuit is an indoor venue and restaurant and for this socially distant show, they sold tickets by the table and had everything spread out according to guidelines. There were also two shows each night, a 6 pm show and a 9 pm show. This was a clever way to give fans more opportunities to attend a show since tickets were for limited capacity.

Both nights we attended the 9pm shows. Both shows started with an opening set from Jackson Stokes. Each night he played a few original songs and on the second night a cover of “Freight Train”. Both nights contained his song “Whiskey”, which rocks! Night 1 I had purchased his cd at the merch stand, and by night 2 I was singing along... I highly recommend it! After that short but sweet set, he morphed to the guitar tech and was getting the stage set up. Very cool to see!

As we awai...