Bluegrass with a twist. Pop-grass. Bad-ass newgrass. All are phrases that describe Atlanta-based Seven Handle Circus, a six-piece band that is redefining bluegrass and stepping outside the Folk/Americana box. Comprised of Shawn Spencer (Guitar), Colin Vinson (Banjo), Steve Bledsoe (Mandolin), Richard Burroughs (Fiddle), Jeff Harrison (Drums) and Troy Harris (Bass), Seven Handle Circus is making waves among traditionalists in the genre and garnering a grassroots following as they take their music to the heartland.
What’s from Atlanta, produced by Better Than Ezra‘s Tom Drummond, and creates soaring Southern folk rock? If you guessed Seven Handle Circus, then you’re already excited for Shadows On the Wall, the band’s highly anticipated new release in October. If you didn’t guess Seven Handle Circus, then you’re in for a treat.
These zany Georgians do bluegrass like the Dave Matthews Band would, and their slight rock edge might explain why they groove so effortlessly through this Daft Punk favorite. The crowd eats it up, though no one has a better time than the mandolin player, who takes that “come on and celebrate” line to heart. Someone get that man a robot helmet.
Seven Handle Circus’ album, Shadows On The Wall, is set to be released on October 20th. What can listeners expect from the collection of songs?
Compared to our EP, this record feels a lot more mature.
The subject matter and lyrics are more introspective and crafted. Shawn really drew from a wide range of inspirations musically. Some songs feel a lot like our last record: fast, loud and fun. Others are more thoughtful and incorporate more intricate chord progressions and melodies. I would say it stays interesting. No two songs have the same feel.