Cultural Shorts

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Echo is the brand-new release from Wichita-based band Vehicles. The group’s songwriter and co-founder, Cody Cloud, says that this album, like its predecessor, 2014’s This Bluebird Wants Me Dead, has thematic connections in its lyrics that listeners might not first expect.

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On My Way is the first album in eight years from Split Lip Rayfield. The long-awaited recording was a welcome arrival for fans, but it also offered surprises for the Lawrence-based trio. The LP debuted at Number 8 on Billboard’s bluegrass chart. The band’s Wayne Gottstine says he expected the effort to do well but maybe after he and his bandmates had done some roadwork to support it.

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The members of Judah & the Lion met a little over five years ago while studying at Belmont University in Nashville. Though they wanted to play music together, the band’s banjo player, Nate Zuercher, says that finding a style that would represent the musical tastes of all four members was an early challenge.

“I was a punk rock metalhead kid from Colorado that also liked bluegrass,” he says.