We’ve been huge 23 String Band fans for the last few years, and were surprised and saddened to hear that they were disbanding, but hopeful that this would lead to exciting new projects for the band members. Fiddler Scott Moore has been on his game, forming the new roots rock band, Niles Foley. The band played their first scheduled show in Lexington on Friday, and debuted in Louisville last night at Zanzabar. Scott led vocals and while his talent on guitar was obvious, we prefer the beautiful sound when he destroys the fiddle. There’s really nothing like it. Having not yet released an album, the band revealed its music to the audience. I think we heard a few 23SB songs thrown in there, too, but I could be wrong. All in all, it’s not 23 String Band, but we give Niles Foley a thumbs up and wish them the best of luck with their new endeavors.
Opening up for them was Justin Paul Lewis (sorry, Justin, we couldn’t get there in time to see you again!), and they were followed by San Francisco’s Mount St. Elias. We hadn’t heard of them before, but liked the introduction last night. There were a lot of things going on, and it all worked together very nicely. Come back soon?