The Vine Brothers – Concert Review – Stuey McBrews – August 24, 2012

Kansas City is all about Americana music these days. I really tried to get into it, but after seeing a dozen or so such bands, I gave up trying to like KC’s version of the genre.  Friday night at Stuey McBrew’s in Lee’s Summit I caught the KC Americana fever.  The bug that bit me is called The Vine Brothers.  The band is made up of two core members – Greg Bucking and Joe Credit III.  Bucking and Credit were backed up by a band whose members changed over the course of the night.  The first set focused on strings and vocals and, as the night went on, percussion was integrated into the show.  The poison, for me, on this particular night lied in Credit’s mandolin skills and Coleen Dieker’s passionate violin playing.  Joe and his mandolin really give this band an abundance of real world character.  I didn’t get the impression that he was a schooled mandolin player.  He seemed like someone that took the instrument out on his back porch every day for many years and played until his fingers bled.  Coleen, on the other hand, struck me as a highly schooled violin player that got kicked out of school for showing her teachers up.  I honestly believe that any musician that sees her play will be slightly ashamed that they ever claimed to play in instrument.  Coleen doesn’t really play violin, she devours it – with a vengeance.  If more musicians, including myself, could play with the kind of passion and skill I witnessed on this particular Friday night, the world would be a better place.  Until that happens, consider checking out The Vine Brothers new CD, “Low Rent,” which was recently released.  The song “Sweet Eyes” was a stand out for me.