Passionate players: Musical combo fuses diverse harmonies


From left, Katie Burk, Sam Roberts, Allie Burbrink and Kat Erickson make up the Whipstitch Sallies. The central-Indiana-based band plays bluegrass music that fuses traditional styles with more modern elements of rock and jazz music. Burbrink lives in Bargersville, and Roberts grew up in Franklin. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Out in the farmland of western Johnson County, the old-time twang of bluegrass meets punk-rock guitar, frantic rhythms and diverse harmonies.

The four female members of the Whipstitch Sallies were gathered for their weekly rehearsal. From their mandolins, guitars, fiddles and bass, the tones of Gillian Welch and “May the Circle Be Unbroken” overlapped.

Progressive elements of rock and jazz seeped in as well, coloring each song.

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