Relix Magazine reviews “CLASSIC”

“LARRY KEEL and NATURAL BRIDGE ARE DEFINING WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A PROGRESSIVE BLUEGRASS BAND” … RELIX MAGAZINE

Larry Keel
and Natural Bridge
Classic Keel fish
For their third
album, Virginian
Larry Keel and his
band Natural
Bridge—aptly
named after Keel’s home state’s
geological wonder—reached
out to their songwriter friends to
collaborate on the creation of
Classic. Of the 12 tracks, Keel and
his cohorts wrote nine while three
are covers: Dock Boggs’ “Country
Blues,” Bob Marley’s “Put It On”
and a traditional tune, “Flora.”
And while the band’s stellar
musicianship is solid throughout
the album, Classic manages to
unite both the classical and
contemporary thematically.
Juxtaposing “How Can It Be
Wrong”—a song about growing
marijuana to help pay a small
farm’s bills—and “Do Unto
Others”—a more classic bluegrass
tune with Christian overtones—
demonstrates that Larry Keel and
Natural Bridge are defining what
it means to be a progressive
bluegrass band. Grace Beehler

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