Concert preview: Erika Hughes & The Well Mannered keeps things polite

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From the December 19, 2013 edition

As its name suggest, the bluegrass collective specializes in genial, acoustic tunes that are unfailingly polite and oftentimes quite gorgeous. Rather than doling out punishment on the loping “Double Trouble,” for one, the Ohio-born Hughes is actually thanking a beau for sticking alongside her through thick and thin, singing, “My trouble would be double without you.”

Hughes is joined in the band by Margot Baird (vocals/percussion), Steve Shurtz (guitar), Robin Brubaker (upright bass) and Shane Frye (vocals/drums). Josh Eagle also performs.