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YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre bluegrass folk rock band Cabinet

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre bluegrass folk rock band Cabinet
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City: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

Genre(s): Bluegrass, Americana, folk rock

Years active: 2006-present

Sounds like: This is bluegrass for people who didn’t know they loved bluegrass and for longtime fans of the genre who want to experience something more organic and experimental live, like a jam band with country roots. It’s the kind of music that makes you want to kick up and dance with strangers or listen to while you sit around a campfire drinking with friends on a night you just know you’re going to remember for years to come. It’s Americana done Pennsylvania style.

For fans of: Coal Town Rounders, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters, Driftwood, Still Hand String Band, Yarn, Floodwood, The Avett Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show, Mumford & Sons, and The Lumineers

Number of albums/EPs released: Five (three studio albums – “Cabinet,” “Leap,” and Celebration” – and two official live albums, although there are many other live recordings available)

Latest album/EP:Celebration,” released March 2015

Fun fact: Cabinet likes to wear sweatpants during their off-time. “They’re comfortable, and we like them,” they stated simply.

Online: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Bandcamp, and

Upcoming shows:

May 20-21: Susquehanna Breakdown music festival at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain (1000 Montage Mountain Rd., Scranton) with Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters, Twiddle, Larry Keel Experience, Fruition, Driftwood, Cornmeal, Pappy & Friends, Flux Capacitor, Swift Technique, Coal Town Rounders, FMO, The Far Future, Kopec, and The Dishonest Fiddlers

Learn more about Cabinet and the Susquehanna Breakdown in our conversation with the group’s manager, Bill Orner, in Episode 57 of the NEPA Scene Podcast.

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