August 11, 2008
Whatever you do, do NOT bring up Split Lip Rayfield in the presence of The Calamity Cubes. They think SLR is a perfectly good band and all, but they're sick and tired of being compared to the area's reigning string-band magnates. Sure, the Cubes do perform with similar instruments acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin and upright bass. But they'd be hard-pressed to call themselves a bluegrass band, instead preferring to identify as a bunch of songwriters who happened to learn bluegrass instruments. After a short and torturous run in Wichita, three out of four Cubes relocated to Lawrence to play a revolving circuit that includes The Replay, The Bottleneck, The Gaslight Tavern, Papa Keno's, Dempsey's and the river that runs through it all. All four members Patrick Herd, Brook Blanche, Joey Henry and J.J. Hanson infiltrated our podcast studio with boogan iced coffees and a new album in tow.