Something tells me that the Wednesday night performance of North Carolina’s The Recipe is going to be big. The band possesses all those traits a lot of people in town hold close to their heart, being bluegrass-oriented, jam-tastic, and well-versed in good old-tyme rabble rousing.
This six-member fun brigade creates a rootsy racket, pop-oriented, but possessing enough down-home spirit to please Charlottesville’s codgers, young and old.
Hailing from Asheville, The Recipe have been playing their energetic blend of new and old since 1995, when the group released their debut CD, Love Marble Hoedown. Though many band members have come and gone, the group’s sound has stayed the same, a testament to founding and current members Joe Prichard, Tom Whelan, and Greg Lowley’s musical vision.
Prichard is one of the group’s two vocalists, and also plays the guitar; Whelan plays percussion; and Lowley plays the drums. The rest of the band consists of Julie Edlow on vocals, Chris Q on bass, and Kris Kher on mandolin, harmonica, banjolin, and guitars.
The group’s new release, Jubilee, is scheduled to come out this spring, but from the band’s website, therecipe.com, you can download Music from The Porch Vol. 2– a complete live album.
In addition to providing a good idea of what the current incarnation of the The Recipe sounds like, the group perform songs from over the course of their seven-year, three-album career, providing a quick band history lesson.
The first track is “Sibling Revelry” (from their ’98 release Night of the Porch People) an up-tempo chord-heavy duo featuring Prichard and Edlow. Banjo flourishes appear here and there, jumping out from edges of the track, but funky acoustic guitar and vocals are the track's principles.
Track 2, “Amoonda,” has enough audience participation to make most band’s jealous-– the old trick of stopping singing and letting the crowd carry the vocals along actually works for The Recipe. A head-nodding tune, the track is mostly sung by Pritchard, but does feature a big chorus with some extremely tight harmonies provided by Edlow.
You probably don’t know The Recipe yet, but if you are into jam-oriented, country/rock/bluegrass groups (the Grateful Dead might not be an all-encompassing, but is still a useful, point of reference) they are worth checking out. Go online if you can and listen to their chops-– but if you can’t, just go to the show. What’s $7, after all?

The Recipe perform at Outback Lodge, April 2. $9/$7 advance (www.musictoday.com), 10pm.