In 2013, one of the biggest and most unlikely musical takeaways for this particular music junkie was a breakneck, high-octane bluegrass band from Germany called the Dinosaur Truckers. Yes, Germany is not necessarily what most would consider a hotbed of American string band music, but however unlikely the story, the music of the Dinosaur Truckers spoke for itself.
Trust me when I say if you go ambling through American college towns, you won’t find anything resembling a dearth of string bands with a bunch of young men and their banjos and fiddles stomping and shouting on stage. What you will find a dearth of are these bands that are actually worth listening to, at least outside of the context of a drunken college town barroom.
.357 String Band, Bill Monroe, Dinosaur Truckers, Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Jason Isbell, Larry & His Flask, Review, Robert Ellis, Scott H. Biram, Th' Legendary Shack Shakers, The Punch Brothers, The Stanley Brothers, Trampled by Turtles, Whiskey Shivers
You talk to most any independent country, roots, or Americana artist, and to a man they will tell you their fortunes tend to be better in the European market. With so many European tours and the continued spread of American country music, it was only a matter of time before country began to rub off on the locals and American roots music spread like wildfire throughout the Old World.
country music in Europe, Crooks & Straights, Dad Horse Experience, Dinosaur Truckers, Emmylou Harris, English, European country bands, First Aid Kit, G-runs 'n Roses, German country bands, Gram Parsons, Heinrich XIII, Jens Kruger, Kruger Brothers, My Darling Clementine, Rattleshack, Steve Martin, The Rip Roaring Success, UK
Holy mother. While the Mumfordization of roots music has left so many string bands looking for the right watered-down derivative to forge mass appeal, The Dinosaur Truckers offer up the pure, uncut, unadulterated form–potent and dangerous and not for the faint of heart. Listen to The Dinosaur Truckers at your own risk.