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Two Track is a music video series designed for Berklee’s YouTube and social media channels that features artists in an intimate setting with only one microphone and continuous camera takes. Each recording session will revolve around a single theme (i.e., connection, love, dreams) that can be expressed by the artist either through their track selection or through a short storytelling segment that will be recorded as part of the performance. The videos in this series will premiere at specific dates and times, but if you miss the premiere, each video will be public on the channel in continuity.
This Two Track episode features bluegrass acoustic band the Mountain Grass Unit performing the tunes “Turmoil & Tinfoil” by Billy Strings and “Get Back” by the Beatles.
About the Artist
The Mountain Grass Unit consists of three Birmingham pickers, Drury Anderson (mandolin and vocals), Luke Black (acoustic guitar), and Teddy Kent (upright bass).The band is honored to be joined by Sam Stage from Raleigh, North Carolina on fiddle. The Mountain Grass Unit has played music festivals, private functions, and established music venues, performing bluegrass tunes and adding a bluegrass touch to country, jazz, funk, rock, and even metal.
They have opened for popular groups such as the Sam Bush Band and Kingfish. Their fast-paced picking and acoustic touch makes MGU unique. With the addition of Luke Black and Sam Stage on harmonies, the Mountain Grass Unit has established a firm foundation to take on not only the vocal harmonies of traditional bluegrass tunes, but also the freedom to adapt songs from various genres to an all-acoustic format. Aside from their original songs, the group is equally comfortable restyling a Tony Rice number, a classic Grateful Dead song, or a contemporary acoustic tune by an artist like Billy Strings.
The youthful exuberance and energy they bring to the stage is always remarkable. Their competency was best described by Birmingham music promoter Steve Masterson when the boys performed at his Acoustic Café festival: “They don’t just play good for their age, they play good. Period.” Teddy, Luke, Sam, and Drury are excited to share with their audiences this new and exciting musical chapter.