Smart Bets: Sanctum Sully

From its inception, Sanctum Sully has been the bluegrass band that people like, even if they don't like bluegrass. That has as much to do with the group’s rootsified covers of songs like "Life During Wartime" (Talking Heads) and "Sympathy For The Devil" (The Rolling Stones) as its party-ready attitude (the band's name is a colloquialism for whiskey that goes down easy). Now, with the release of sophomore album Trade Winds, Sanctum Sully shows off honed musicianship and amped-up three-part vocal harmonies. According to a press release, the album, helmed by producer/engineer Bill McDonald, is "a strong testament of how Sanctum Sully has matured as a band with one thing on their minds; creating a colorful canvas that captures their true love for playing." The CD-release party is Saturday, April 7 at The Grey Eagle. Yarn opens. 9 p.m., $10 in advance or $12 day of show. http://www.thegreyeagle.com.

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