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Lake Street Dive: A String Band With SoulFolk Alley

Imagine you're strolling down a dark and steamy alley. In the distance, you think you overhear Adele jamming with some combination of country and bluegrass pickers. As you round the corner and get a look at the band, you realize it's actually Lake Street Dive: singer Rachael Price, drummer Mike Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney and guitarist Mike "McDuck" Olson.

As you can tell from this video, the band has chops, sure. But what's more, it's got soul — swinging, smoke-circling soul. While contemporary string bands try their hands at dragging traditional music into the 21st century, this troupe is already there, gazing back over its shoulders at a fan base enticed by Alabama Shakes and Sam Bush and the Newgrass Revival. It's equal parts old-school speakeasy and gritty home brew, without any of the trying-too-hard. Here's your chance to fall in love with "Bobby Tanqueray" and his lady suitor from Lake Street Dive.

Recorded backstage at the 2012 Green River Festival in Greenfield, Mass.

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