The modern folk-rock craze owes a lot to the pioneers of what some have called “Newgrass.” This sub-genre of bluegrass incorporated many modern techniques (lyrically and/or instrumentally) into this old school style of music. Rollin’ in the Hay could be considered one of the granddaddies of the Newgrass movement.

In the band’s early days, many denizens of the Azalea City witnessed this band in the smoky confines of a college flophouse living room, as kegs were being emptied in the kitchen. While the gigs have changed greatly for Rollin’ in the Hay, the music still maintains its unique “high octane groove grass” vibe. Their impeccable musicianship and off-beat lyrical content earned them opening spots with Gregg Allman, Widespread Panic, The Doobie Brothers, Moe and Jerry Douglas. In 2012, Rollin’ in the Hay made the pilgrimage to Manchester, Tenn., to perform at Bonnaroo.

“Electric Hay Live” is the latest release from Rollin’ in the Hay. The series of live cuts adds a new dynamic to the group’s music. Rollin’ in the Hay’s music is usually dominated by acoustic instruments with some drum work added to accent their sonic intensity. On “Electric Hay Live,” Johnny Kulinich brings his electric guitar to the mix. Rollin’ in the Hay’s high-energy live shows are always a memorable experience, and they should quite a crowd pleaser.


Rollin’ in the Hay
Date: Friday, May 23, at 9 p.m.
Venue: Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, 4720 Main St., Building M, Suite 101 (The Wharf in Orange Beach), www.countrybaral.com
Tickets: $5-$10 at the door