Before this afternoon (June 7) at Mountain Jam, didn't know about Roadkill Ghost Choir, six scruffy dudes whose haunting folk-rock -- anchored by moaning pedal steel -- left us super intrigued and a little creeped out. Imagine if Nirvana had crawled from the Florida swamps instead of the rainy woods of the Pacific Northwest, and you've got a sense of the sounds that came floating down Hunter Mountain as the sextet performed for early-bird festival-goers undaunted by muddy conditions. On 'Devout,' which played like Chris Isaak's 'Wicked Game,' only gamier, the Choir took us all to church, giving the story of the crucifixion some spooky backwoods edge.

Paul Brasil