When watching The Lonesome Town Painters perform it is impossible to keep a smile off your face or keep your feet from tapping.
As one of the top bluegrass acts in the lower mainland the band not only have the sounds to transport you back in time, they also have the look and the drawl of southern gentlemen.
The Painters are heavily influenced by the early pioneers of the style, including Bill Monroe, whose band the Bluegrass Boys are the origin of the name. As is typical of bluegrass bands each member of the band took turns in taking the lead, and having such a talented bunch of musicians, it was always a treat. The combination of mandolin, banjo, guitar and upright bass provided a full and warm sounds that perfectly complemented the balmy lunchtime weather which thankfully had cooled own from it earlier highs, allowing the crowd to spread out on the grass in comfort, and fully enjoy the show.
The set was a great mix of classic bluegrass tunes from the likes of the Stanley Brothers, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, as well as some of their own original tracks from their first self-titled album, and their recently second offering Play and Sing Blue Grass Music. Their original numbers reflected the humour of the band members, including songs about criminals from New West and Cheating in East Vancouver…neither of which, the band assured us, where autobiographical 😊
It was a wonderful way to spend a sunny noontime hour. If you want to hear more from the boys they are headed over to Coombs, where they will be performing at the Coombs Bluegrass Festival, and no doubt charming the goats on the roof – two great reasons to head to the island for the weekend.
You can check out their extensive list of gigs and find out more about the band at their website https://www.lonesometownpainters.com.
In the meantime, check out a few photos from today’s show.
Photos: Stewart Johnstone