Leroy Savage plays ‘newgrass’ in Durham
No less a musical master than Sam Bush has bestowed upon North Carolina’s Leroy Savage the title of “Father of Newgrass Music.” Newgrass – a subgenre within bluegrass music – is generally associated with New Grass Revival, the revolutionary band founded by Bush in 1972, and featuring such acoustic icons as Bela Fleck, John Cowen and Pat Flynn. The band brought the energy and ethos of rock and folk into the music of Bill Monroe. But before New Grass Revival, North Carolina’s New Deal String Band was melding rock and folk with bluegrass, with Savage’s powerful lead singing appealing to a younger segment of bluegrass festival fans.
On Wednesday, Savage will hold forth with a talented coterie of friends at the Original Q-Shack in Durham. For more info on the show, call Q-Shack at 919-402-4227.