We have to admit, we love local twangsmiths Belle Monroe and Her Brewglass Boys just for their moniker’s pun-snarky play on classic countryisms alone.
But the British-bred Belle (aka Pam Brandon) tackles her traditional genre with an equally plucky aplomb — part reverent, part iconoclastic, with a little punk attitude thrown in for good minimalist measure.
So why not check her cool banjo-dobro-fiddle-mandolin combo out when they play Cafe du Nord on April 2?
It’s a record release party, touting their new sophomore outing “Long Lonesome Day.”
On the record, the band pens Appalachian-woodsy originals like “Square Peg in the Round” and “Teardrops Turned to Snow,” a murder ballad-ish tale of an ill-fated Klondike family during the Gold Rush.
But they put a fun topspin on covers, too, like Elvis Costello’s “The Big Light,” Del McCoury’s “I Feel The Blues Movin’ In” or The Beatles’ “One After 909.”
On a somber note, the Gothic title track was composed by Rick Hendricks, the group’s late dobro player, who succumbed to brain cancer two years ago.
For more on these up-and-comers, visit www.brewglassboys.com.