From Punk Rock to Bluegrass

Everyone has their favorite songs, bands, and music genres – some more eclectic than others.  I fall into the extremely eclectic category.  I got into American punk rock and ska around the age of 13.  I loved the energy; I loved the passion; and I loved the crazy hair (i.e. liberty spikes and mohawks). When I was 15, I waked into a store and over the speakers I heard what would become my favorite band of all time: Flogging Molly. Putting them into a musical category is tricky. Basically, they are an Irish influenced punk rock band.  Their songs tell stories with powerful imagery which draw you in emotionally. “What’s Left of the Flag” is my favorite song because it tugs on my heart strings every time I hear the sorrowful story of loss, legacy, and blind faith. Their performance style is energetic, and they convey passion for what they do and the stories they tell.

Fast forward a couple years to my next musical discovery – Irish folk music.  Flogging Molly uses traditional Irish folk music in many of their songs. A few of them are actually renditions of old folk songs.  Naturally this peaked my interest in Irish folk music.  These songs tell captivating stories and are truly timeless. Listening to the old-fashioned rendition of a song followed by listening to the modern version is always so interesting.

Where did I go from there in my musical journey? For me, the obvious next step was country music since American country music was influenced by European folk music. Although I do love a good two-step, I quickly realized that Americana style and bluegrass music were much closer to folk music than modern country music.  As a teenager living in the DFW area, I didn’t know anyone who actually listened to this type of music.  So, I created a “bluegrass” station on Pandora. I quickly fell in love with the energy and storytelling from more traditional bands to modern ones such as Old Crow Medicine Show.

So yes, punk rock lead me to bluegrass music. I think knowing where the music I love comes from, and at least a little of the history behind it, makes me appreciate it more.  Here at Hole in the Roof, we listen to music all day, every day.  I think music truly impacts your work environment in a positive way, and listening to what you love makes your day even better.

What do you listen to, and why?

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