The folks in Harrisburg were in for a triple treat at The Appalachian Brewing Company on Friday night. I came in and The Whistle Pigs were on stage and had the place hopping. As I was walking in I was greeted by Kris Kehr from Miz and he was all smiles about them. A three piece band from Carbondale Illinois whistle Pigs is not your typical bluegrass/rockabilly band. With Joe McCamish/banjo, Randy hill/upright bass and Alexander Pape/Accordion they bring a sound like no other. Most of their songs bring a drinking flavor to them. They just came out with their 2nd cd Bless Your Hearts and Livers (Mudstomp records) this past December and are on tour to promote it. This was their first time anywhere in Pa. and they are looking forward to next time here.

Miz took stage soon after Whistle Pigs with Dylan Skursky from Cabinet standing in on the upright bass for the evening. Miz has been busy working in the studio on a new cd due out in April. Some of the guest that will be on the cd include Buddy Cage (New Riders of the Purple Sage) Jon Graboff (Ryan Adams) and Gordon Stone. A setlist that included some of their new songs and an always fan favorite “Midnight Moonlight” kept everyones feet happy.

Miz’s setlist

Pen y Bryn

Time for Time

Dreams Back Then

Midnight Moonlight

Wink

Canyon Echos

October Skies

Pinegrove Stomp

Carmeuta

New Morning Sky

Cabinet played two sets with the first being a little longer. Starting off with “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” it was not long before everyone was up on their feet and dancing. Not long into the set they played “Caroline Jam”. I have always liked the way this song plays. It sort of reminds me of The Grateful Dead’s “Morning Dew” the way the energy keeps building through out the song. After doing “Home now > Clinch Mountain” they changed the pace with “Reggae Dove”. They started the 2nd set with “Two Timer > Treesday” Mike Mizinsky sat in for “Share Croppers Son”. After the 2nd try at ” Tower” they gave up on it and went to “Two Dollar Bill”. Mike rejoined them for “5446 Thats My Number and Tower”. It went off without a hitch this time. They ended the night with “Zion Train”. Cabinet has also been in the studio this week working on a new cd that they hope to have ready by this summer. It is always good to hear about bands that have new music coming. it gives us something to look forward too.