Gold Country pickers Broken Compass Bluegrass on the rise

Juli Marks

California Newgrass

Since coming together in the Grass Valley in 2021, homegrown bluegrass quartet Broken Compass Bluegrass has been gaining fans with their lovely musicianship, soulful songwriting and all-around good vibes. Their 2023 debut album “Fool’s Gold” carries an original sound full of acoustic warmth, lyrical tenderness and melodic sophistication.

“We love what we’re doing,” says guitarist Django Ruckrich. “A huge part that’s so important to us is the live performance. We do a lot of jamming and improvisation and feeding off each other and the audience.”

BCB headlines the Crown Room at Crystal Bay Casino in Crystal Bay, Nev., for the first time on Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. As part of the Road to Wondergrass series, they will be giving away a pair of weekend passes to WinterWonderGrass at the show. These tight-knit up-and-comers perform on Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6, at the eighth annual bluegrass festival in Palisades Tahoe. | brokencompassbluegrass.com, crystalbaycasino.com