Sunday Bluegrass: String Cheese Incident

Words By Zach Zeidner

String Cheese Incident Live at Telluride Bluegrass Festival on June 20, 1996. <--- Direct Archive Link

Telluride Town Park is one of the most beautiful outdoor venues in the country. Surrounded by mountains in a secluded little town, this venue has always been a favorite of The String Cheese Incident. SCI and Telluride go together like peas in a pod. SCI has always loved playing in Telluride since their days playing in the One World Café, to their debut at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 1996. Telluride Bluegrass Festival has hosted String Cheese Incident numerous times, but their first appearance was June 20th, 1996. This set demonstrates String Cheese Incident at that vital moment when their music truly began to evolve.

In 1995, SCI added Kyle Hollingsworth to keys and diverted from the tradition bluegrass sound they were going after. After realizing the increased recognition as a result of Kyle’s addition, everything began to happen for the band as their fan base increased throughout the years. This show in telluride exemplifies the Jazzed out Newgrass the String Cheese Incident had to offer.

Throughout this show, the band demonstrates not only their mastery for the bluegrass numbers but as well exemplifies a desire to improvise and go beyond the realms of what can happen in new grass by incorporating subtle aspects of Jazz. Kyle’s Jazz knowledge and love for the major fusion players such as Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, and Keith Jarrett to name a few, allows the music to reach certain velocities of fusion that was once not available to the String Cheese Incident. Listen to this show and enjoy the old sound of a band that is just beginning to evolve.


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