Grass-fed pork 

One Ton Pig puts meat on the bones

You know what outlaw bluegrass is? It's when you bring an electric guitar to the picking circle. One Ton Pig figure, What the hell, we'll drag some drums in there, too.

The result is a rootsy clamor that fits snugly into the Americana genre. Lastville kicks off with a couple of propulsive boot-stompers driven by a rolling snare that sounds like the ol' 5:18 coming down the tracks. Standard-issue bluegrass instruments like fiddle and mandolin are front and center, sharing space with tangy dobro and electric (gasp!) bass.

click to enlarge noise_tonpig.jpg

Although their velvety harmonies are straight out of Appalachia, these Jackson, Wyo., pickers blow right through the pedantic constraints of trad bluegrass. (What the...? Was that a guitar solo?) Like Donna the Buffalo, they use inventive arrangements and a rock rhythm section to drag bluegrass kicking and screaming into the second half of the 20th century.

Lyrically, One Ton Pig work the same side of the tracks as troubadours like Steve Earle, Greg Brown and other examiners of the life of the common man. There are plenty of poetic nuggets, like on "Just a Word" with the lyrics, "I'm the kind of man that remembers faces/ Especially when I'm looking up from a fall."

Humor, smarts, attitude and chops make One Ton Pig one of those bands you just can't listen to without a smile on your face.

One Ton Pig play the Top Hat Fri., Nov. 20, at 10 PM. Free.

  • Email
  • Favorite
  • Print

Tags:

Readers also liked…

Today | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu
Good Vibes Tour Summer 2017: Rebelution, Nahko and the Medicine People + more

Good Vibes Tour Summer 2017: Rebelution, Nahko and the Medicine People + more @ Big Sky Brewery Amphitheater

Fri., June 23, 6:15 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

© 2017 Missoula News/Independent Publishing | Powered by Foundation