The best way for me to explain is to have you listen. I've posted one song from each band for you to listen to. Enjoy!
-"New Grass" type music with a rockin' sound. From NJ.
http://www.headsallempty.org/music/tune ... Buddha.mp3
Yonder Mountain String Band
-Another "new grass" type of band. From Colorado. They occassionally sprinkle some Dead covers into their set.
http://www.headsallempty.org/music/tune ... _Other.mp3
Old Crow Medicine Show
-Sortof traditional bluegrass/string band type of music with a rockin' edge. From Tennessee.
http://www.headsallempty.org/music/tune ... _Wheel.mp3
-Jazzy, funky, "new grass"-like with a bit of a Caribbean/reggae/calypso feel. They remind me of what String Cheese used to sound like. Based in NC.
-A one man show. You have to see him to really appreciate him. Fantastic guitarist. He plays a lot of other instruments "simultaneously" (through the use of a loop machine). Very cool to watch him perform. He's a huge Deadhead and does a lot Dead covers. Based in VA.
http://www.headsallempty.org/music/tune ... at_Rag.mp3
-Great sound--he's done gospel, electric blues, funk, jazz (used to be in Taj Mahal). Fantastic voice--currently he's got an outstanding album of gospel tunes with the Blind Boys of Alabama. Quite a range of stuff. This tune showcases his voice and is just a fun one to listen to. Not sure where he's from.
http://www.headsallempty.org/music/tune ... e_Down.mp3
Chatham County Line
-Traditional bluegrass. They write their own material and it's excellent, authentic bluegrass music. Great sound. Based in NC.
All these bands tour nationally (except for Chatham County), so if they come through your area, check them out.
I can't imagine I'm going to get a lot of hits, so this will be an interesting test to see how my webserver handles it. Pre-apologies if my webserver melts from the load. ;^)