Belle Monroe and Her Brewglass Boys set to rock Cafe du Nord 

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.

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