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SANDS: When did you start getting into bluegrass? It’s an outside-of -the-box genre unless you’re weaned on it at a young age.

BOOK: I grew up in the mountains of Durango, Colorado, but I didn’t start getting into it until college. I had a buddy from Georgia playing in a bluegrass band and another who was a DJ of a bluegrass radio show out in Colorado. So I dove in fast once I got exposed to it.

Bluegrass is an opportunistic type of music. If it’s something that sparks you, it’s easy to get started playing. It obviously takes a lot of time to master, but with the acoustic instrumentation, it’s easy to bring your gear to different places where people might be jamming. Most bluegrass players love their craft and want to keep it alive. They encourage new players and typically welcome them with open arms.  There’s not much stopping you from trying if you want to.

After growing up and singing in the church, I was also drawn to the vocal harmonies that bluegrass music brings. Something about the style of music just felt like home and felt “right”. It’s the only music I can think of where you can be singing about the most lonesome things, but it still sounds positive.