The members of the Flesh Mountain Boys are united in their South Side heritage (three went to high school together) and not being born into bluegrass. They came to it from rock 'n' roll or jazz, appreciating the "naturalness," as lead singer and mandolin player Jarron Lippin says, and the ensemble vocals. They're not looking to get signed, or to break into a new market, or to quit their day jobs. But they religiously rehearse every week, tightening the vocals and honing their sound.
When it's suggested their performance at Bogart's April 20 had a "Basement Tapes" feel loose, eclectic and spirited banjo player Derek Moorman breaks into a wide smile. "Dylan and The Band, together, in the basement that's the best thing that ever happened." And that's the Flesh Mountain Boys in a nutshell. While these brewgrass upstarts don't take themselves or bluegrass too seriously, they are deadly serious, even reverent, about the music they love, and it shows. Andy Garrigue
Flesh Mountain Boys play Bogart's Back Room June 16.
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