SMELTER MOUNTAIN BOYS

There’s only one Smelter Mountain, located right here in Durango, named for a long-gone uranium smelter. Local band, Smelter Mountain Boys, fuse elements from each member’s background into a fiery sound that they call radioactive. Corey Clark on guitar/banjo/lead vocal brings technique and songs from bluegrass’ birthplace, and many say he sings it the way it should be sung. Pete Donahue melts in mandolin and vocals, while Steve Labowskie keeps the furnace fueled with atomic bass. The newest element is guitarist Eli Emmitt; his flatpicking ignites the music with acoustic fission for a set you don’t want to miss.

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