Editor’s Note:  Due to technical difficulties, we could not upload the reaction video to “I’m Broken” by Steve N Seagulls, which is a bluegrass cover originally done by Pantera.  Here is John Nelson with his commentary from it!

If you haven’t heard of these guys, you must be living under a rock.  They are from Finland, they’ve been around for a decade, and they are not just another ordinary band, they are a bluegrass band!

This band really blew up in 2014 when they released their own rendition of “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC.  The video blew up for them.  They got millions of views and tons of people were asking for more.  They ended up signing with Spinefarm Records, where they already released a couple of albums, which they did so well that they debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Charts.  They are the only band from Finland who has ever done that.

A recent video that they did was a song called “I’m Broken”, which was originally done by Pantera.  When I heard this version, I’m thinking, “how does Steve ‘N’ Seagulls even try to remotely cover that”?.  This song can be found off of “Grainsville”.

Overall, the cover is really great!  I can’t believe that Steve ‘N’ Seagulls was able to get that same sound.  If you are familiar with Pantera, they just nailed it!  The notes were the same, but the tempo definitely wasn’t the same, but when you’re doing bluegrass you do need to speed it up a bit.  I can’t get over the banjos and the accordions, and the mandolins, it’s terrific.  All of the band members were singing too, and I loved that part!

I would bet to say that these guys are amazing live.  The only thing that I’m not sure that would work out for them at the end of the day is that they’re known as a cover band.  However, “Grainsville” has three original songs on it.  There’s only so far that you can go with covers.  It’s not like you’re really going to run out of songs, but once you hear the song, how many times are you going to listen to it.  Personally, I would listen to the song a lot, but it’s an acquired taste, and it’s right up my alley.  There’s no way that you can play bluegrass and be upset after listening to this!  I think when people see it and hear it, especially with a song like this, they’re going to tell their friends, “hey, check out these group of hicks, they’re a bunch of dudes that play bluegrass but they cover your favorite songs”, and I think that is really cool, I like these guys a lot!

I can only imagine how fun their live show would be.  Where else can you go where you’re dressed in bibs, a straw hat, and have tobacco rolling down your mouth and being the cool guy in the room.  I recommend checking out all their YouTube videos!

Steve ‘N’ Seagulls will be on tour to support “Grainsville”.  Check out the tour dates below:

Fri. 3/15- SXSW in Austin, Texas

Sat. 3/16- Gas Monkey Bar N Grill in Dallas, Texas

Sun. 3/17- Tower Theater in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Tue. 3/19- The Green Room in Flagstaff, Arizona

Wed. 3/20- 191 Toole in Tuscon, Arizona

Thu. 3/21- The Rebel Lounge in Phoenix, Arizona

Fri. 3/22- The Soda Bar in San Diego, California

Sat. 3/23- The Echo in Los Angeles, California

Sun. 3/24- Virginia Street Brewhouse in Reno, Nevada

Tue. 3/26- Dante’s in Portland, Oregon

Wed. 3/27- Volcanic Theatre Pub in Bend, Oregon

Thu. 3/28- Tractor Tavern in Seattle, Washington

Fri. 3/29- The Pin in Spokane, Washington

Sat. 3/30- Remington Bar in Whitefish, Montana

Mon. 4/1- Vail Ale House in Vail, Colorado

Tue. 4/2- Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom & Cervantes’ Other Side in Denver, Colorado

Wed. 4/3- Hodi’s Half Note in Fort Collins, Colorado

Thu. 4/4- Norton’s Brewing Company in Wichita, Kansas

Fri. 4/5- George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville, Arkansas

Sat. 4/6- Four Quarter Bar in North Little Rock, Arkansas

Thu. 6/13- Festival le Printemps de Perouges in Saint-vulbas, France

Sat. 6/15- Festival Save The Kouign in Penmarch, France

Fri. 7/12- Norsk Countrytreff in Breim, Norway

Sat. 7/20- Art Sonic Festival in Briouze, France

Fri. 7/26- Der Krater Bebt Open Air Festival in Megesheim, Germany

Fri. 8/2- Montelago Celtic Festival in Serravalle Di Chienti, Italy

Sun. 8/4- Pyynikki-ilmio in Tampere, Finland

Fri. 10/11- Farmer’s Bash 2019 in Belfast, United Kingdom

For tickets and further information on any of the shows listed above, click here!

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