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click to enlarge LAUREN SLUSHER
  • Lauren Slusher

Al Scorch, banjo player, songwriter, and bandleader, taps his toes to:

Spirit Family Reunion Spirit Family Reunion's music is jubilant and joyous. It will stick in your head and make you shake your ass. They play nonreligious gospel music that blends old-time, country, and soul so well Levon Helm had them at his last two Midnight Rambles before he passed. This is real-deal country-soul music: it spans the gap between country and town with string-band instruments, four-part harmony, and fantastic songwriting. Do yourself a favor and catch them at Schubas before they are huge and Old Crow Medicine Show is opening for them at some shitty arena.

Spirit Family Reunion play at Schubas on 12/8.

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