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Dom Flemons is The Bluegrass Situation's Artist of the Month

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It began, as it often does, with Bob Dylan and the Beatles. As a budding teenage guitarist in Phoenix, Dom Flemons immersed himself in the usual '60s fare, as well as the '50s stuff - Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, etc. - from which it sprang. A lot of young fans and aspiring musicians start down similar paths and stop right about there, but Flemons is, in all senses of the word, a curious fellow.

From Dylan, he delved deeper into the storied NYC folk scene, and that led him back to the rural strummers and bluesmen who inspired that crowd. Again, he could've quit there. Plenty of singer-songwriters get their kicks by donning hats and harmonica racks and doing the neo-Guthrie thing, and Flemons would've made a fine troubadour.

To wit, midway through his new album, Prospect Hill, a plaintive Flemons finger-picks his way through "Too Long I've Been Gone," a tune about kicking what's left of your busted heart down a lonesome road. Musically and thematically, it bears more than a passing resemblance to Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right." READ THE FULL Bluegrass Situation INTERVIEW.