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Mountain Radio

by The Benders

The third and most recent record of pop bluegrass featuring Bow Thayer, Jabe Beyer, Nolan McKelvey, Tim Kelly and Sean Staples
Genre: Country: Bluegrass
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Great Tear of Josie and Ed
3:04 $0.99
2. Mountain Radio
2:21 $0.99
3. The Road Home
3:21 $0.99
4. Snakebite
3:34 $0.99
5. Seven Long Years
3:24 $0.99
6. Racin' Till the Break of Dawn
2:03 $0.99
7. Double Yellow
3:19 $0.99
8. 35 Acres
3:51 $0.99
9. Cheers to the First Snow
3:03 $0.99
10. Can't Wait to See You Again
3:25 $0.99
11. Shovel Full of Dreams
3:36 $0.99
12. Liquor Is Your Best Friend
4:22 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Bow Thayer - banjo
Jabe Beyer - guitar
Nolan McKelvey - bass
Sean Staples - mandolin
Tim Kelly - dobro

"The Who of bluegrass!" - Press Republican

"Bending of genres, mixing old-time string-band and bluegrass sounds with their rock background...the playing is fluid, the songs are warmed by substantial melodies, and the singing is a seductive focal point..." - No Depression

"Anything is bound to happen when The Benders take the stage." - Boston Sunday Globe

For more of the same great tunesmithing, check out other works by Bow Thayer at and Jabe Beyer at



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Tamara Turner, CD Baby

Bringing a rowdy, rebellious and scoundrel-like nature to the medium of traditional bluegrass and country folk, The Benders deliver unrelenting, sometimes frantic, sometimes sharp-edged and mishief-making, whiskey-guzzling music with no qualms about throwing in some rock or blues influence here and there (or whatever they fancy) to light up these songs with crooked hillbilly danger. Twelve tracks pack this album, "Mountain Radio" with consistenly driving, blood-boiling momentum so that one is- unbeknownst to them before it is too late- swept up in a storm of twang and jangle that no one in their right mind would want to be rescued from, no matter how tattered and breathless they are in the end. Whether you call it bluegrass, newgrass, folkgrass or darkgrass, after only a few minutes into it, you'll understand why it simply doesn't matter.

Alan Willis

Why hadn't I heard this before?
This is a very good album and instantly likeable. It also demonstrates something that always amazes me - the real strength in depth of american music and the terrific levels of musicianship in country music. Despite many years of listening to alternative country music I had no idea that this band existed and I bought the album off a CDBaby recommendation. The album starts very strongly and only weakens slightly towards the end (but for that it would be a 5 star offering) This is excellent upbeat bluegrass, a kind of cross between Jim Lauderdale and OCMS. I'm so impressed I've instantly ordered other albums from the same band.

Marc Sutherland

Buy this CD
I saw these guys up at the Stone Church in Newmarket, NH. They are the real deal: smart, weird, talented, serious about their craft, and they posess that elusive gift for writing good songs - something most bands lack in every genre.
They're bluegrass with brains and character. They should be famous. Support these guys if you can,