When they recruited him, the bluegrass musicians in Packway Handle Band didn’t know how profoundly producer Jim White would influence their next album. A wise and pensive entertainer, White seemed a logical complement for the rambunctious Athens, Ga.-based quintet, whose exuberant performances made him jealous. “I always look like I’m going to the dentist when I’m onstage,” he told Athens newsweekly Flagpole. But, in accepting the project, White upped the ante and essentially invited himself to become a temporary bandmate. Not only does he sing and play on the resulting collaboration, Take It Like A Man, but about half of the songs were pulled from the songwriter’s own bluegrass vault. Somehow, the disparate styles flow together, bobbing up and down in mood but always keeping the ride entertaining. Packway Handle Band performs at The Grey Eagle on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 9 p.m. $12/$15. Photo courtesy of the musicians
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