Todd Mendenhall slouches in his barber’s chair, his gaze fixed on the door of his shop, waiting for a customer to open it. The clock ticks to one o’clock on a gray Wednesday afternoon. “I should be cutting hair instead of just sitting here,” Mendenhall said. "That tells you something about our economy.”
Sean Watkins co-founded Nickel Creek when he was just 12 years old, kickstarting a career that’s taken him from the stage of the Grammy Awards to the top of the bluegrass charts. Along the way, he’s become an award-winning guitarist, a singer/songwriter and a member of several different bands, not to mention one of the early pioneers of a genre now known across the world as Americana. Opener Ben Bedford delivers intriguing sketches of America, its individuals, their victories and their...