Mustered Courage

Air Date: 09-08-14

Formed in 2010, Mustered Courage bridge the gap between traditional bluegrass and modern roots music. The Melbourne based quartet of three Aussies and a Texas expat have risen to the top of Australia’s folk and roots scene thanks to the strength of their energetic live shows and an eponymous debut album that won them a string of glowing reviews, loads of national radio support, an endorsement from Seal, and a trophy at the 2012 MusicOz Awards.

After a heavy touring schedule of headlining and festival dates in support of their debut, Mustered Courage went back into the studio to record their sophomore long-player, Powerlines, with ARIA Award winning producer Jimi Maroudas (The Living End, Eskimo Joe, Kimbra). The album finds the band fine-tuning a diverse sound that Music Australia Guide describes as “the link between Bill Monroe and Mumford & Sons, with just the right mix of mirth and mournful.” Rhythms Magazine raves, “The four-part harmonies are right on the money. And the string picking, whether lightning fast or mellow and relaxed, is incendiary.”

Mustered Courage’s quick ascent has not gone unnoticed in the music industry, both in Australia and abroad. These down-home pickers have played many of the major Australian festival, performed an official showcase at September’s Americana Music Association Conference and Festival in Nashville, Tennessee, and have been invited back to the U.S. in February to perform at the 2014 International Folk Alliance Conference. Powerlines has also garnered the band two “Golden Guitar” nominations at the 2014 CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia for Alternative Country Album of the Year and Instrumental of the Year for the track “Allegheny”.

Like Old Crow Medicine Show and the Avett Brothers, Mustered Courage breathe new life into the bluegrass scene with a style that appeals to both traditionalists and newcomers alike. They are a band on the rise that, as Rhythms contends, is “guaranteed to soon be on to bigger things.”

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