reviewed by Shahab Zargari | Monday, May 16th, 2011

This band, apparently, started out playing covers of distinctly non-bluegrass songs in a bluegrass manner alongside standard bluegrass covers. But as soon as they started having fun, guess what happened? Original tunes. The band played its first official show in 2008 at a small bar called the Old Towne Pub in Pasadena, and despite the fact that they were relative unknowns, the show was packed to the brim, drinks in their bellies, feet shuffling dance moves atop the bar. It doesn’t surprise me.

What does their debut album sound like? Imagine, if you will, pre-’90s Chumbawumba meets Flogging Molly. If you’re a fan of twangy, folky music, stand up bass, washboards, string instruments, and anything bluegrass with just a hint of punk attitude… then this album is for you.

(Fat Wreck Chords, 444 Townsend St. #2, San Francisco, CA 94107)

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