MP3 Arkamo Rangers - A New Timey Thrill
Ozarks bluegrass with sly wit and whimsy, not to mention some damn fine chops.
14 MP3 Songs
COUNTRY: Bluegrass, FOLK: Traditional Folk
With the release of their second album, A New Timey Thrill, the Arkamo Rangers are well on their way to acclaim and notoriety in the bluegrass world and beyond. Since their first self-titled disc, Arkamo has added some new weapons to their arsenal – not the least of which is their road-tested chops. Add to that a new musician, Chad Graves, who slashes and burns his way on a dobro with the best of them, and Arkamo becomes a real instrumental threat. New Timey welcomes the addition of bassist Gary Rea’s original songs and laid-back vocals to the already vital songwriting and singing of mandolinist Dave Harp, guitarist Jim Rea, and banjo player Dan Spencer. Where their first disc relied on traditional bluegrass instrumentation, this sophomore release displays an expansion in the arrangements – a horn here, an electric guitar there, bongos, kazoos, and other odds and ends mirror the wit and whimsy of their sly lyrics (there are poignant moments too, like the ode to natural beauty on “Native Pines”). An added treat is the guest appearance of Casey Driessen on the fiddle (Steve Earle, Tim O’Brien). Music News Nashville says “A New Timey Thrill is a THRILL to the bluegrass soul” We couldn’t agree more.