Sunday, December 21, 2014

Vermont Duo Beard & Glasses Serves Up Grandma's Sad Story with a Fresh Sound

Vermont Duo Beard & Glasses
Vermont duo Beard & Glasses, otherwise known as Matt Scott and Sam Clement, seem to have been very busy lately. On the heels of their excellent 2013 holiday EP Tinsel Babies, Beard & Glasses has just released their unique take on that venerable classic "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" as a Christmas single. What's more, they've got another album due out any day now, too. I guess with the cold and snow that seem to have pummeled New England this Fall, there isn't a whole lot to do in the Green Mountain State nowadays aside from staying indoors and being productive.

If the new single is any indication, I'd say the forthcoming album should be a lot of fun. I've never really been too high on "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" myself. Frankly, it's always struck me as the kind of track you need to be high in order to enjoy. But the Beard & Glasses version — what Scott calls "a Country Mariachi Vaudevillian interpretation" — is another thing indeed. It's fun and fresh and well worth a listen.

These guys are proof positive that Vermont has more to offer than fabulous ice cream, beautiful foliage and sensible politics. Enjoy!

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