One of those serendipitous lineups that's as easy to find in Nashville as it is rare anywhere else, this combination grew out of songwriting collaborations between Denney and Rickman. The former's a bluegrass-bred country artist who popped a couple of smart singles ("That's Just Jessie," "Cadillac Tears") into the Top 20 for Lyric Street a few years ago before parting ways with the label. The latter has stuck more closely to the bluegrass groove, now serving (for the second time) as the Lonesome River Band's muscular lead singer while penning a growing number of convincing modern 'grass tunes. Ball is Rickman's high-singing LRB bandmate and a skillful mandolin player, while Haynie is, well, Haynie--one of the city's busiest session players, and equally adept at fiddling bluegrass, country and swing. They were still nailing down the requisite banjo picker at press time, but whoever it is, s/he's bound to be good--and the music offered by this nifty crew is likely to be far better than that.
Sat., Sept. 6, 9 p.m., 2008