Kind Country bring cosmic bluegrass into the Radio Heartland studio

Kind Country perform at Radio Heartland
Kind Country in the Radio Heartland studio; left to right: Chris Forsberg, Mike Hedding, Joe Sheehan, Max Graham, Brandon Johnson and Chris Wittrock. (Luke Taylor | MPR)
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  • Kind Country - The Way That I Wanted (Live at Radio Heartland) 03:01
  • Kind Country - Tennessee (Live at Radio Heartland) 04:52
  • Kind Country - My Way Down (Live at Radio Heartland) 03:18

I got schooled on the term "jam grass" recently by my new friends in Kind Country. "Jam grass" is basically what happens when bluegrass players run into — let's say … the Grateful Dead. That's what Kind Country call their music, and they also use the term "cosmic" a bit in that description. The band members are excited for a big tour starting this weekend, when they're going to meet up and play with some friends (and fellow jam-grassers) in Leftover Salmon, Railroad Earth, The Wooks and more.

Kind Country's latest record came out last spring, and it's called Hard Times. The whole band came in and set up in our studio recently to jam (appropriately enough) and to talk about their upcoming travels.

Songs Performed


"The Way That I Wanted"
"Tennessee"
"My Way Down"
All songs from Kind Country's 2019 album, Hard Times.

Personnel


Max Graham - mandolin, vocals
Chris Forsberg - fiddle, vocals
Brandon Johnson - guitar
Joe Sheehan - bass
Mike Hedding - banjo
Chris Wittrock - drums, vocals

Hosted and produced by Mike Pengra
Engineered by Johnny Vince Evans and Anna Havermann
Visuals and web production by Luke Taylor

External Link

Kind Country - official site

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  • Kind Country perform at Radio Heartland
    Guitarist Brandon Johnson of Kind Country performing in the Radio Heartland studio. (Luke Taylor | MPR)
  • Kind Country perform at Radio Heartland
    Guitarist Brandon Johnson and banjo player Mike Hedding of Kind Country performing in the Radio Heartland studio. (Luke Taylor | MPR)
  • Kind Country perform at Radio Heartland
    Drummer and vocalist Chris Wittrock of Kind Country performing in the Radio Heartland studio. (Luke Taylor | MPR)
  • Kind Country perform at Radio Heartland
    Max Graham (left; mandolin, vocals) and Chris Forsberg (right; fiddle, vocals) of Kind Country performing in the Radio Heartland studio. (Luke Taylor | MPR)
  • Kind Country perform at Radio Heartland
    Kind Country Max Graham (left; mandolin, vocals) and Chris Forsberg (right; fiddle, vocals) of Kind Country performing in the Radio Heartland studio. in the Radio Heartland studio. (Luke Taylor | MPR)
  • Kind Country perform at Radio Heartland
    Bassist Joe Sheehan of Kind Country, along with guitarist Brandon Johnson and banjo player Mike Hedding, performing in the Radio Heartland studio. (Luke Taylor | MPR)
  • Kind Country perform at Radio Heartland
    Kind Country performing in the Radio Heartland studio. (Luke Taylor | MPR)
  • Kind Country perform at Radio Heartland
    Kind Country pose with host Mike Pengra (at right) in the Radio Heartland studio. (Luke Taylor | MPR)