In circles of critics, that know music, Fox and Hounds is labeled as the most original bluegrass band in central Ohio.
Bluegrass chops on full display
Unfazed by the post-turkey tryptophan coma or the prospect of an early Black Friday frenzy? Steven Fox has a Thanksgiving-night proposition.
"After our fair share of feasting and gravy guzzling, we are going to give all you folks who need a little break from the family something to be thankful for," the Fox N Hounds frontman said.
"Come on over and burn off some of those excess carbs."
Fox, who touts the range of styles and material of the bluegrass quartet, recently had more to say about the group:
Q How did the band form?
A During a snowstorm in 2007, Adam and I threw a band together for a pickup gig at Dick's Den. It sounded pretty good for never really playing together. We had such a good time, we decided we should make it a regular occurrence.
Q How would you describe your music?
A Instrument-driven bluegrass with a focus on songcraft, with a bit of humor mixed in.
Q Why play bluegrass?
A Bluegrass was born from innovation. Bill Monroe and the players around him were country-music musicians who were influenced and inspired by other forms of music. You can hear the influence of the swing era in early bluegrass.
Q What do you do to modernize the genre?
A First, we choose fun covers. We play it all, from '80s hits ( Girls Just Want To Have Fun) to the '50s ( Yakety Yak), with our high-speed bluegrass abandon.
We also play bluegrass standards, songs from modern songwriters and originals - wholesome and unholy.
Q What's the best quote you've heard about the band?
A "You guys are the only thing I remember about my 21st birthday!" - an Athens, Ohio, fan
Q Why should someone see a Fox N Hounds concert?
A We have a song for everyone. If you love the traditional mandolin chop, rock 'n' roll with an Appalachian twist or . . . something new, you'll find it.
- Kevin Joy
Columbus Dispatch Nov. 25 2011