Members of The Lonesome Days from left to right: Bradley Morse (bass/vocals), Sam Parks (guitar/vocals), Jonny Miller (mandolin/vocals) and Todd Lilienthal (banjo).

(Courtesy Kyle Ussery)

The sadness and loneliness so often heard in bluegrass are what first attracted Jonny Miller to the genre. He says something about that sad sound made him happy during a difficult time. It also eventually led him to pick up a mandolin and start a bluegrass band called The Lonesome Days

The Denver quartet, which has been runner-up in the Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition twice, releases its self-titled debut album next week. The songs touch on themes like heartache and loneliness. The Lonesome Days' album release show is Aug. 25 at Stem Ciders in Denver.

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