Write-Up in the SF Weekly
The Goddest Damn Thing
By Hiya Swanhuyser
We can understate, and say that the Bay Area isn’t known
as a hotbed of fundamentalist Christianity. Or we can overstate,
and say that Bay Area music audiences would probably get violent
if asked to sit through a set of gospel bluegrass. Midway, we might
find that a band such as Hyperbole Mountain, which plays gospel
bluegrass, sometimes has a hard time getting booked around here.
It seems people don’t like the God songs in their bar, even
if the players are committed far more to the music than to the Word,
and possibly in full-on ironic mode. Tonight, the group shares the
stage with the Earl Brothers, who play your more normal variant
of bluegrass, the whiskey-drinkin’ kind; people like that
kind in their bar, a lot. Full disclosure: The lady in the floor-length,
high-necked dress playing clawhammer[sic, really sic] banjo and
singing tenor with Hyperbole Mountain is former SF Weekly staff
writer Lessley Anderson. Just a thought: maybe book HM with faux-Jesus-loving
punk band Knights of the New Crusade?
Some Places We've Had a Meeting
- We shared an evening with the Barefoot
Nellies a couple time. We also did a show with the Creole Belles
and Devine's Jug Band.
- We played the Sunday morning set for the fund raiser. Hundreds
of dollars came in.
Francisco Free Folk Fest
- We had a revival of sorts at the Folk Fest.
- Our pals (and alter band for Ken and Mark) the Crows had us share
the stage for an opening set at the Riptide.
BBQ - We've opened for the Crows a couple times and saved thier
hides once when Chris was very late.
Barn Bluegrass Festival - Carl Pagter gave us the gospel slot
at the 2008 Brown
Barn in San Martin. We had a great set and Carl gave us a thumbs
up. Mike Hall from NCBS was there and said he hopes we apply for
GOF next year so we can do the gospel show.
Bob's Courthouse Cafe - in Redwood
City. Irene said we could come back anytime...and she offered us
We also played a private Cocktails with a Christian house party.
But, that's a long story.