bluegrass, 7:30 p.m.
Today’s bluegrass acts routinely draw from rock, jam, and jazz, but rarely — and by rarely, we mean never — do they draw from R&B. But lo and behold, that’s exactly what Asheville’s Underhill Rose has accomplished with their LP Something Real. “I Wanna Love You” and “Unused to You” in particular have a strong soul connection, and they’re both well worth your time. “My very first CD was Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation, and since Michael Jackson pretty much ruled MTV, they both influenced my tastes in my formative years,” says Eleanor Underhill, who shares the stage with Molly Rose Reed and Salley Williamson. “Throw in TLC, En Vogue, and Mary J. Blige, and you can see how R&B made its way into my musical psyche.” She also grew up on the soundtrack from the movie Dirty Dancing, which introduced her to Motown. “To this day that is probably one of my favorite genres — it’s just so timeless.” Underhill adds that one of the things that she and her bandmates have in common is a love of all music. “I can’t imagine being a musician who doesn’t draw inspiration from other genres,” she says. “Just listening to Molly’s iPod on the road last weekend, her playlist went straight from an Afrobeat song to a George Michael tune.” We don’t know about you, but thanks to that type of mindset, we can’t wait to hear what Underhill Rose has in store. —Chris Haire FRIDAY