You’d think that an album by jam bands like this one would just be an excuse to put out something new and keep on touring. This is not the case for these veterans, who got together in a mountain studio in the Colorado slopes near their Boulder home and assembled, under the guidance of producer Malcolm Burn (of Dylan and Emmylou Harris fame) a collection of hummable, four-minute songs on their sixth release, “One Step Closer” (Sci Fidelity). Having recruited the songwriting talents of Robert Burns (who used to collaborate with the Grateful Dead) into their roster, the group has found a fresh musical direction that even unfamiliar listeners like this writer can fully appreciate. Although they have put out a small number of studio albums, the band has been around for more than thirty years, and has a steady following in the jam scene. The group is prone to go into long improvisations during their sets, but all is grounded in their heavy bluegrass influence. (Ernest Barteldes)
September 29 at the Aragon Ballroom.