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'Ocooch Mountain Home'   

-  Label: 'Self Released'
-  Genre: 'Alt/Country' -  Release Date: 'March 2015'

Our Rating:
Nikki Grossman and Joe Hart from Viroqua in rural Wisconsin were not made for these days.

Their stock in trade is vintage toe-tapping fiddle tunes that evoke times gone by through tunes of old-time honky tonk, western swing and pre-war vaudeville.

This is their second record and it was recorded live in a 100 year-old church on analogue tape with minimal overdubs.

On the cover the couple look like characters from The Fast Show and , like all the best comedians, they know the importance of keeping a straight face when delivering the punch lines.

Humour is central to their sound as can be heard in tracks like The Broke (Ass) Waltz, The Toothbrush Ho-Down and The Crazy Rag. The light touch doesn't falter even when recounting the tale of a real-life train wreck in Ballad Of Will Wing.

The title track is an ode to their mountain homestead, complete with carefree yodeling and shows where their heart lies. The song evokes an unchanging country idyll; a state of bliss reflected in music which makes few, if any, concessions to the modern age.

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  author: Martin Raybould

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