The Gnomes / Medicine Lodge

Gaslight Gardens

The music of Syd Barrett-as heard on Pink Floyd's "Piper at the Gates of Dawn" and two ensuing solo releases-is heady stuff packed with whimsical melodies and lyrics that could describe scenes in "Alice in Wonderland." It's hardly the sort of stuff a conventional bluegrass band would tackle-presumably what attracted Lawrence's The Gnomes to it in the first place. Composed of banjoist Rob Shoffner, guitarist Jason Gordon and upright bassist Dave Bruchman, the trio tweaks Barrett's challenging catalog to work in a more streamlined acoustic setting. Intact are the fantastical turns of phrase and enchanting melodies that Barrett so uniquely patented amidst his addictions and psychological struggles.

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