Music: GuitarTownCT Concerts presents John Reischman & the Jaybirds Fri., Sept. 20, at 7:30 PM

GuitartownCT presents John Reischman and The Jaybirds on Friday, September 20, at 7:30 PM, at Best Video Film & Cultural Center, 1842 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT. Tickets are $30 at guitartownct.com.

John Reischman was a member of the legendary Tony Rice Unit for 7 years in the 1980’s, recording the albums Mar West, Backwaters, and Still Inside. He has been based in Vancouver for twenty-five years, and an appearance on the East Coast is a rare treat! With a fifth critically-acclaimed album and expanded touring schedule, John Reischman and the Jaybirds are a top-flight band delivering a truly fresh blend of original songs and instrumentals, old-time heritage, and bluegrass power.

In a marketplace flooded with virtuosic bluegrass ensembles, John Reischman & The Jaybirds have found a recipe to stand out from the rest; they go back to the roots of bluegrass and old-time music for their inspiration, then spin these roots into a new sound.

On their new album, Vintage & Unique, this twice Juno Nominated band covers songs and tunes from Bill Monroe, Hobart Smith, and Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard, but the real gems of the album are the band’s originals. While these songs and tunes are clearly informed by the tradition, John Reischman & The Jaybirds have an eclectic creativity that guides their refreshing excursions in acoustic roots music. Throughout, the bluegrass harmonies are spot-on, and each instrumental break crackles with energy. Being such a tight band, John Reischman & The Jaybirds don’t need to play fast to show off. They vary tempos, and some of the most compelling tracks on the album are the slower tunes, where they can really get at the heart of the music. This is bluegrass done right, true to the roots but not afraid to look forward to new ideas.

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