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‘International bluegrass’: Adobe Brothers to release third album at Albuquerque concert

The Adobe Brothers take time to build their music piece by piece.

After nearly a year of work, the Albuquerque-based will release its third album, “Don’t Get Trouble on Your Mind,” tonight.

The quartet, founded in 1979, is made up of Wayne Shrubsall, Jimmy Abraham, Terry Bluhm and Bruce Thomson. The members go by Moby, Jacoby, Pierogi and Toby Adobe, respectively.

Abraham says the songs he wrote for the album have been around for a while.

“I have one in Spanish too,” he says. “It’s like a bluegrass banjo cumbia.”

The Adobe Brothers’ musical style might be best categorized as Americana, though a typical performance will include tunes and songs from a half-dozen countries, as well as material ranging from 19th century Child Ballads to original compositions by the band members.

The group refers to its music as “international bluegrass” and proclaims itself the progenitor of this genre.

The Adobe Brothers released their first studio CD in 2009, “The Adobe Brothers.” A second CD, “Our Name is Mud” was released in early 2013.

Their fundamental musical philosophy is, “If it’s fun and sounds good, we’ll play it.” Their song/tune list has over 200 titles in it, and during a concert they’ll often draw from hundreds of other pieces that they forgot to add to the list.

“That’s what has really changed over time,” Thomson says. “We used to play traditional American and bluegrass. Now there’s more Latin and klezmer, and we do some Western swing. The breadth of music is wide.”

Abraham and Thomson say that Clara Byom, known as Colby Adobe, provided clarinet on one of the klezmer songs on the new album and will join the band during its show tonight.

Keeping it local, the CD was recorded and engineered by Lee Padilla at Sanctuary Sound in Albuquerque and the CD design and artwork was done by Bonnie Bluhm.

“There are 19 tracks on the album,” Abraham says. “Performing for an audience that is appreciative of what we do is amazing. We’re real proud of our CD and can’t wait to perform it live.”

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