They may be thousands of miles from the pastures of Kentucky, but the five-piece Liquored Pickers are cultivating a healthy crop of Yorkshire-flavoured bluegrass in Huddersfield.
Inspired perhaps more by the moors and the notorious Holme Moss than the Appalachian mountains, they have been inciting impromptu barn dances around the town with their infectious flatpicking and vocal harmonies, which could convince even the most hardened ale drinker into swapping their pint for a bourbon.
They formed in 2012 under their original name of The Brothers of String and began to re-work 1950s classics about wistful memories of lost loves and lost landscapes, before deciding to turn their hand to giving bluegrass makeovers to a host of modern day rock classics.
Even Nickleback has not gone untouched by the quintet, who removed all maudlin traces from the band’s I want to be a Rockstar, in their spritely five-minute mandolin-infused version.
Currently learning more songs to expand their repertoire and gearing up to perform gigs across Yorkshire, they have their sights on bringing a little taste of the country to even the most urban areas further afield.
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