When: Sat., Sept. 17, 11:55 p.m. 2011
Remember how Ricky Skaggs brought bluegrass influence back into country music in the ’80s? Massachusetts natives The Roys remember, and the brother-sister duo have kind of flipped that approach upside down in an engaging way. Indie country veterans whose earlier work shows a strong neo-trad influence, The Roys are working in more of a bluegrass vein these days, dressing country songs — mostly their own, written with Music Row pros — in more acoustic trappings, laying on some solid (if intermittent) banjo and, whaddya know, inviting Mr. Skaggs onboard (along with The Whites) for a sweetly heartfelt “That’s What Makes It Love.” And while it might be a little glossy for the bluegrass roughnecks, there’s no doubt that it’s pretty darn appealing. Joining the duo on the Midnite Jamboree are durable country darling Janie Fricke (who made a country-inflected bluegrass album of her own a few years back) and indie country duo Moore & Moore.