This is a raw and hardly tapped genre - Punkgrass. Imagine acoustic guitars, banjos, mandolins, violins, pianos, a double bass and a variety of other folk/bluegrass instruments being played at breakneck speeds with such intensity that people might believe you were a punk rocker in a previous life!

What I believe makes Punkgrass such a unique genre is that it employs the energy of punk rock with the intimacy of an acoustic setting.

Oh... and people who think banjos + mandolins are dumb country music instruments are douche bags.

Anyways, here are a few great examples of punkgrass and its' awesomeness!

Larry and his Flask (these guys were on Warped tour this year!)


The Avett Brothers (Very talented singer/songwriter/musicians)

It does seem like an interesting genre. Certainly not two styles you would imagine mixed! haha. Personally, I don't like punk or bluegrass. But they are two unique genres mixed in to one super genre. It think we need some Jazzcore next or maybe some Reggae death. Hahaha!
I don't really know what Djent is, but I've heard people describe this as it. In my mind, though, this will always be Jazzcore

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Avett Brothers I would consider more folk.

If you like bands of this genre, consider some of the following:
Newgrass Revival (and/or Sam Bush in general)
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones
The Punch Brothers
Holy Ghost Tent Revival
Langhorne Slim (more like the Avett Brothers then any -grass style)
Old Crow Medicine Show
Mumford and Sons

I think this genre isn't much different from newgrass, and as such I don't feel it needs a new label. Bluegrass itself has always gravitated toward virtuoso playing, faster tempos, and precise and interesting rhythms, so I don't feel this genre is different enough to really designate it as anything more then "newgrass," a distinction thats been around since the seventies
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I don't really know what to make of it. It sounds pretty cool, but I just can't get over the country music "blah" to it.

Djent ftw, though! I don't know what it means, but it's a kickass genre lol.
Sure, I will totally agree that newgrass is all about speed, precision, and execution of correct notes. My point being that "punkgrass" is slightly different. The best way I can describe punk music without getting political, is to say that each "attack" of each note in a punk song is driven with extreme force and energy. Whereas to say they dont give a rats ass whether or not they are breaking strings as long as the energy of the moment gets a crowd high.

If we want to get technical about genre classification then I believe that punkgrass has every right to be in with newgrass. New or old, it is still "bluegrass". Like how there is a such thing as Metal and Numetal, they are not 2 separate things, Numetal is a subgenre of Metal and not replacing it.

And I would consider some of the Avett Brothers music to be punkgrass. Yes, they have written plenty of follk music but they come from a very country/bluegrass background and an album i can think of as an example - "A Carolina Jubilee" was solely a bluegrass album.

I am just stating my opinion, not trying to piss anyone off or anything.
i imagine this sounding like uptempo country music. check out reverend horton heat, might be kinda what you're thinking of.
There's also a movement to combine hip-hop with bluegrass....Much of the theme music from the "Justified" series is falling into this sub- genre.
To my recollection, much of "punk" was characterized by a distinct lack of musicianship, whereas bluegrass has always been about virtuoso picking.
Great music. A couple more bands yall should check out and the .357 String Band http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdziHBRDWV0. Last False Hope is good too, but they are more metal influenced http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2H2jgoZPgJk. Hank3 is all over the place from music just like his grandfather's to Metal-core. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEY8ARSGHTU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujGMo2_CdOM. There's a great underground country/bluegrass scene goin on right now. Savingcountrymusic.com is a great way to find some of that music. Check it out.
Oh, Also Justin Townes Earle. He is certainly more about country, but he's quite the intense performer as well.


I don't know how both his guitar strings and vocal chords aren't busting by the end of it.