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Staff Pick: Punk Meets Bluegrass at Paddy’s


By Brett Hutchins

What happens when Los Angeles punk collides with Appalachian string music? A ruckus and a whale of a good time, that’s what. Paddy O’Leary’s has become a second home for the California newgrass band Old Man Markley, and this Friday they will put their stamp on the sand once again.

IN: What is it about punk and bluegrass music that lends itself to being played together?
OLD MAN MARKLEY: Both punk and bluegrass are really organic styles of music, by the people, for the people. They each come with a strong foundation, yet each can be built on to create something new that still draws on tradition. For us, it has always felt natural to combine the two styles.

IN: How did the band and these influences come together?
MARKLEY: It began as a group of friends jamming. It evolved into our careers and livelihoods. Luckily, we all like living together on our bus for weeks at a time!

IN: Who were some of the musicians that inspired you to make this kind of music?
MARKLEY: We all have such different answers for this! Johnny Cash, June Carter, Levon Helm, Hot Rize, Madonna…

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