In a world void of any real superheroes, Nitrograss sprung to life from the heart of the rural Appalachians like unsightly mutants emerging from a hazardous chemical spill, with one singular mission: to take the Bluegrass world by storm and with deadly force.
The percussive banjo of two-time national champion Charles Wood lays the foundation for the band’s unique style. Merging traditional Scruggs-style banjo with rhythmic motifs reminiscent of ZZ Top and the Allman Brothers, Charles’ playing is also melodic in its sensibility, evoking strong inflictions with pure, driving syncopation. Next is the lock-chop of Caleb Hanks’ mandolin, from which occasional, melodic passages erupt with fire and sensitivity. Micah Hands, Caleb’s older sibling of three years, offers an intuitive array of acoustic guitar parts that are both anticipatory and improvisational, with the brothers layering their strong vocal harmonies over the mix in a sonic separation that could make a Kentucky moon rise on demand. Finally, the back beat of Dakota “smoky” Waddell’s base lines pushes the music of this southeaster powerhouse into a foray beyond the frontiers most acoustic musicians dare travel.