Have you ever been curious to know what classic pop/rock songs from the 1980s would sound like if they were sung by a bluegrass ensemble? Well, if you’re anything like most people, you probably haven’t. Pine Mountain Railroad shows you what you’ve been missing with this incredible cover of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.”
Bluegrass musicians have a long standing tradition of recording and performing incredible non-genre covers, putting Pine Mountain Railroad and their live cover of this 1981 mega-hit in good company.
This video was recorded live at the first ever WDVX HoHoHoedown, which is held annually at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, Tenn.
Each member of Pine Mountain Railroad comes to the forefront to turn Journey’s anthem into a high lonesome ballad. The mandolin player picks out the unmistakable piano introduction with incredible clarity. After just a few seconds, you know exactly what song they are about to sing.
From there, the vocalist takes over, just begging you to sing along. The fiddle player comes in to fill out the guitar lead. Then, the crowd goes wild as he throws up the classic rock’n’roll devil horns.
The toe-tappin’ will undoubtedly begin right around the 1:25 mark. That’s when the full band comes in and the song gets rolling along at full speed. From here till the end, the entire band finds a time to shine in typical bluegrass style: playing incredibly intricate riffs and melodies at a dizzying number of beats per minute. You just can’t go wrong with this one.