Their ensemble may look like a bluegrass band- there’s
a banjo, fiddle, dobro and other trappings- but you won’t find any
songs about mama or whiskey. For Kate Lamont and Doug Sauter picking a genre has been a career long escapade, shifting from folk, to
progressive folk to progressive rock, to bluegrass to soul grass to
chamber punk and currently settling on FOLK. WORLD. AMERICANA.
Kate Lamont’s soulful vocals and poetic lyrics paint
stirring images while Doug Sauter’s guitar and banjo playing is certainly
the result of some Bela Fleck/Michael Hedges gene merge. Grover Parido,
cellist extraordinaire, Matt Koher, vangaurd mandolinist/
fiddler, and Ryan Deasy, celebrity bassist, create a split-personality
string section that adds as much wild melody as it does tasteful
restraint. Joshua Strodtman, dobro /African percussion, adds the “world “ genre to the repertoire, playing his “kit” made of djembes, sangbans and a
guitar case kick drum.
Their instrumentation and arrangements are as complex
as the most intricate symphony but far more accessible and
melodic. They make elegant choices, giving their material wide appeal. Deft
reflections of the human condition, Blueprintmusic songs are inspiring,
heart-breaking, adventurous, peaceful. Who are they? A bluegrass
October Project? A jazzed up Alison Krauss and Union Station? I give up. Just go and listen to their music.