Country Picks

The best country picks, October 25

CorrespondentOctober 24, 2013 

Motorco’s “Epic Collaboration, Part II” will showcase a younger bluegrass generation of musical border-busters including banjo player Noam Pikelny.


  • Other highlights

    • Country artist Randy Houser plays the N.C. State Fair on Saturday, while the Eli Young Band close the fair’s concert series Sunday. Also Sunday, Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt present an acoustic evening at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Memorial Hall . Also at Memorial Hall, Chris Thile takes a break from the Punch Brothers (the progressive combo he shares with Noam Pikelny) to offer a solo concert Tuesday.

Fans who attended IBMA’s “Epic Collaboration” set at Red Hat Amphitheater last month may want to consider Saturday’s Motorco concert in Durham, “Epic Collaboration, Part II.” While the IBMA set featured bluegrass music’s “old and older guard,” Saturday’s event will showcase a younger generation of musical border-busters. The acoustic quintet will feature banjoist Noam Pikelny (who delivered IBMA’s keynote address), Bryan Sutton (guitar), Luke Bulla (fiddle), Jesse Cobb (mandolin), and Barry Bales (bass). All five musicians are grounded in traditional bluegrass but draw from an expansive range of other influences to craft a sound that explores musical terrain beyond the boundaries of traditional ’grass. For information, see

News & Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service