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POTD: The Mosley Brothers

Written by on May 30, 2024

“The Mosley Brothers: Harmonizing Tradition and Innovation in Bluegrass Music

Rooted in Tradition

The Mosley Brothers, Joey and Jacob, were raised in the traditions of bluegrass giants like Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs. Their upbringing instilled in them a profound respect for the genre’s roots, which is evident in their music’s core. The band, which included bassist/vocalist Johnny Calamari and banjo player Dean Phillips, shares a sound rich in harmony and animated by the vibrant picking that characterized their performances.

Mosley Brothers

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A Contemporary Spin

Their self-titled release from Patuxent Records showcases their ability to create melodies that appeal across genres, while remaining firmly within a bluegrass framework. This approach bridges the gap between traditional bluegrass and the broader spectrum of Americana. Songs like “Carry Me,” “Exactly What I Need,” and “Kiss Me Like You Did Yesterday” demonstrated their knack for creating tunes that feel both familiar and fresh.


Embracing the New Generation

The Mosley Brothers  honored the past while looking forward, a trait that garnered them acclaim within the bluegrass community. Their music is a reminder that bluegrass, much like any living tradition, thrives on new interpretations and expressions.

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