Mountain Heart are trying to defy the natural laws of bluegrass. In their genre, lineups shift constantly; bands are always splitting and begetting new bands. But Mountain Heart just celebrated 10 years of music-making, not only under the same name, but with two original membersfiddler Jim VanCleve and banjo player Barry Abernathystill intact. And with a decade under their belts, theyre in the process of majorly tweaking their sound. For proof, consider where they found their new lead singer, Josh Schilling, a couple years back: playing keyboards and singing in a jazz/funk band. Road That Never Ends, the 2007 live album they made with Schilling, suggests theyd like things to feel a little less straightforward and a little more steeped in Southern rock from now on. Carrie Hassler and Hard Rainwhose albums Van Cleve has producedare open.
Sat., Oct. 24, 1 p.m., 2009