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Fricke’s Picks: Crescent City Grass

Bluegrass bands are as rare in New Orleans as high ground, so the Jazz Fest debut of the High Ground Drifters was an opening-day surprise. The quintet come from the town's Mid-City neighborhood but shuffled covers (Bill Monroe, Django Reinhardt) and originals ("Hellbender," "Jack 'n the Bull") with plenty of Kentucky in the bravado and no slack. Get more of those good times on The High Ground Drifters, the group's self-released first album.


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