JACKSON HOLE, WYO – For a string band like FY5, the bluegrass tag would be an obvious connection considering the instrumentation of fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, upright bass and three-part harmony. Though the Colorado quintet’s blend of “Greg Brown meets Hot Rize” is also rooted in a bed of finessed folk storytelling, and the well-informed honky tonk and country traditions are decidedly contemporary. They’ll take the stage on Thursday at the Silver Dollar Showroom in The Wort Hotel.
Jackson native Erin Youngberg (formerly Erin Coats) plays upright bass and sings for the group. Erin and her husband Aaron Youngberg were both were founding members of the Hit & Run Bluegrass Band, which won the RockyGrass band competition in 2002 and Telluride in 2003. Erin has also performed around the country with all-female old-time band Uncle Earl, Bearfoot, Two High String Band, and The Billy Pilgrims.
FY5 released its fourth full-length album, The Way These Things Go, earlier this year. Their sound shows a certain amount of restraint and subtle, orchestral arranging. Performing together in front of one microphone adds a timeless aspect to their vibe.
FY5 performs 7:30-11 p.m. on Thursday at the Silver Dollar Showroom. Free. WortHotel.com.