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MP3 Bashful Mountain Broadcasters - COUNTRY: Bluegrass

Old time tunes with rocknroll drive; polished as a pocket watch, primitive as a mule.

15 MP3 Songs
COUNTRY: Bluegrass, COUNTRY: Country Folk

To listen to the Bashful Mountain Broadcasters, you’d
swear they were all sixty-years old and had never set
foot out of the Appalachians. That’s how well they
handle the authentic, real-deal, old time string band
music: like they’ve been doing it all their lives.

When you hear their debut CD on Old 97 Wrecords (#007),
you step out of a time machine into rural Tennessee, somewhere about 1922. It’s a hot day and you sure could use a drink of cold spring water. It wouldn’t hurt if you could have a big plate of purple hull peas, cornbread, turnip greens, fried potatoes and ham, too. Well, that’s what you get when the Bashful Mountain Broadcasters play. It will fill your stomach, satisfy your soul and put you back behind the plow for another five acres.

This ain’t your daddy’s bluegrass. It’s way before all
that. Bill Monroe would have heard these tunes when he
was a baby and it’s even money that his Uncle Pen knew
‘em from when he was a boy. When they do “Going Across The Sea,” you can hear the ships leaving the west of Ireland in 1849. They gently correct the Kingston Trio with the real story of “Tom Dooley” and they show you just what a desperate man “John Hardy” was. “Reuben” tells of true love, moonshining and train wrecks. And if you prefer your
tragic romance played out like an English step dance,
“Mattie Grove” is for you. It’s all as polished like a pocket watch and primative as a mule.

This is hi-fi and low-tech all at once. Nothing at
work here except steel strings, calf hide, horsehair
and wood, yet electricity comes out of it. Go figure.
Better yet, go listen. And if you don’t break a smile
or tap a toe, you’d better check yourself for a pulse.

The Bashful Mountain Broadcasters are:

Tracy Hackney: dulcimer, mandolin, guitar, vocals
Alex Hall: banjo, banjo uke, guitar, vocals
Alistair Newbern: fiddle
Matt Richardson: guitar, vocals
Earle Simmons: bass

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