The Lowest Pair – The Sacred Heart Sessions  (2015)

lowest pairKendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee are an unlikely banjo duo, living five states apart in cities (Olympia; Minneapolis) not top of mind for bluegrass.

Yet their sophomore album ambitiously invokes legendary banjo-poet John Hartford in name and style, and at times there’s hints of the eastern mysticism that can inform the royalty of banjo duos, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn.

The Lowest Pair only need their voices and two banjos or guitar and banjo, and harmonize in true duet form.

Disabusing the notion that only rubes play the banjo is a long row to hoe when you dress like they do, but they’re ambition is clearly not perching on hay bales at country fairs.