Music: Ma Crow

When local Bluegrass legend Ma Crow considers the question of what makes her latest group, the all-female Lady Slippers, so unique among all of the amazing outfits on her storied résumé, she does

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hen local Bluegrass legend Ma Crow considers the question of what makes her latest group, the all-female Lady Slippers, so unique among all of the amazing outfits on her storied résumé, she doesn’t hesitate in delivering her answer.

“They’re ladies!” Ma exclaims at the Northside Tavern, responding figuratively and literally at the same time. “They’re down to earth, genuine. They’re here for the music and I’m very inspired when I play with them. There’s no melodrama. Not only are they good musicians, they’re very good people. I think it’s more important that you’re playing with good human beings.”

The Lady Slippers have only been operating in this configuration — Ma on guitar/vocals, multi-instrumentalist Trina Emig, upright bassist Vicki Abbott, fiddler/harmony vocalist Margie Drees — for the past six months, but the foursome has already experienced a good deal of drama. Five years ago, Ma’s previous all-female aggregation, the Mother Pluckers, began working on what would eventually become the just-released Smoky Junction album. The dissolution of the Mother Pluckers and Emig’s three-year health hiatus slowed things down considerably.

Go here to read Brian Baker's full interview.

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