Oct. 28, Sapphire Room

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  • Thistledown

Local folk-blues band Thistledown is a supergroup of sorts. Members Bennett Barr, Troy Ferguson, Neal Goldberg, Heather Meuleman and Lee Penn Sky front their own projects as well as play with The Jackalope Saints, Ben Burdick, StoneSeed, The Blackberry Bushes Stringband and other roots acts.

The musicians sound fine on their own or with other acts, but Thistledown's self-titled debut EP (self-released, 2017) captures diverse talents as well as their loose, playful rapport. Highlights include gospel-tinged opener "To the Sea" and the bluesy shuffle "Take Me for Granted." There isn't much room for dancing at The Sapphire Room, but it's the perfect setting for hearing hear the pleasant contrast between Penn Sky's gruff baritone, Goldberg's jazzy croon and Meuleman's sultry soprano, as well as Goldberg and Meuleman's sharp guitar and violin solos.

Read a full review of the new EP here.

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