This Canadian four-piece play old timey Appalachian traditional bluegrass at breakneck speed for modern audiences.
Their tunes have been road tested around Toronto’s late night bars and the band's third album is designed to replicate the energy of their live shows. To this end, the fourteen tunes feature authentic sounding hokey vocals and furious plucking of guitar, mandolin, bass and banjo.
While it features more original music than on their previous albums, there's nothing here that sounds particularly new or obviously personalized.
Mississippi Heavy Water Blues and Hillbilly Blues/Deer On The River betray the geographical roots of their sound while the rip-roaring Sun's Gonna Shine On My Back Door Someday reveals their unfailing optimism.
Outside of a concert setting some of the frenzy is neutralized with the result that home listeners may simply be prompted to watch 'O Brother Where Art Thou' again rather than dance the night away.
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