JamGrass “On The Road” Interview: Mustered Courage

Mustered Courage

On Saturday 3rd August progressive bluegrass and jamband festival JamGrass is hosting its first ever “On The Road” show in Sydney at the Red Rattler Theatre. We thought we’d chat to some of the bands involved in JamGrass Sydney about the explosion of the jamband scene and the important part JamGrass plays in that scene.

First up: Julian Abrahams from Melbourne bluegrass band Mustered Courage.

Gareth Hugh Evans: JamGrass Sydney has a pretty special lineup – how are you feeling in the leadup to the event?

Julian Abrahams: We can’t wait for JamGrass Sydney. We’ll be sharing the stage with some of our favourite bands and influences in the country. It’s a special gig for us.

GHE: What can we expect from your set? Any special guests we can have the scoop on?

JA: We love getting guests up with us, it’s a big part of the jambands/bluegrass scene to us. Surrounded by so many talented pickers you can expect plenty of special guests on stage alongside us. Not at liberty to give away the surprises just yet…

GHE: What do you think it is about bluegrass/alt-country/jam music that has captured the collective consciousness of Australia’s cities? It seems to be everywhere at the moment.

JA: I think Appalachian jamband based music is creeping its way into Australia and becoming more popular for reasons like JamGrass Festival. The bands exist and are multiplying which is fantastic. It’s hard to pinpoint why but we’re sure happy there is a revolution.

GHE: After Jamgrass Sydney what’s next for the Mustered Courage?

JA: We’ve got plenty more touring post JamGrass and were lucky to have a break from the Mustered carriage in July. We’ve been invited to showcase at Americana Fest in Nashville in September and will be taking to the skies to hit USA for the first time. We may pop past Nick [Keeling]’s Mum’s joint in Austin for a quick G’day and Texas BBQ. Rock ‘n’ roll y’all.

JamGrass “On The Road” Sydney takes place on Saturday the 3rd August at the Red Rattler Theatre in Marrickville. For more information check out the official Facebook event here.

2 Comments

  1. July 26, 2013 at 17:08

    […] “We love getting guests up with us, it’s a big part of the jambands/bluegrass scene to us. Surrounded by so many talented pickers you can expect plenty of special guests on stage alongside us” – Julian Abrahams from Mustered Courage chats to Gareth Hugh Evans about JamGrass Sydney. Interview here […]

  2. December 19, 2013 at 12:47

    […] 17. Mustered Courage – “Cruel Alibis” When Mustered Courage banjo player and lead singer Nick Keeling handed me an unofficial copy of the band’s album Powerlines at the start of the year I lapped it up. These guys are one of the best bands in the country and their latest long player is testament to the amazing music they’re producing. “Cruel Alibis” is a definite highlight from Powerlines and while I’ve seen them perform it live a hundred times or more I can’t help but get excited every time the full band bursts into the second verse. Read Gareth Hugh Evans interview with Mustered Courage here […]


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