THE BASSTREE STRING BAND CD
£5 plus postage and packaging
Six White Horses
If That's The Way You Feel
Seven Lonely Days
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The latest BASSTREE STRING BAND CD contains five tracks all under 3 minutes long. "Never mind the length - just feel the quality” could be applied to this enjoyable offering from Howard, Asa and Mark. I was struck by the variety of the music as it moved from fast flatpicking guitar on 'Dixie Hoedown' to a moderately paced ’Them Blues’. Howard’s ’Six White Horses’ banjo chops sits nicely with Mark’s nimble guitar pickin’ all well underpinned by Asa’s solid double bass. Howard and Asa's vocals blend well with the instruments and this is a recording which reveals more on subsequent listens. What more could a listener wish for - Well 12 tracks would be a nice follow up!
Keep on pickin’ boys,
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The group is so absolutely assured in its stance that if one wasn’t aware of their origins, they could easily assume the band originated in Appalachia, the Ozarks, or similar environs instead. That’s evident in each of these offerings, especially the bluesier bluegrass of Six White Horses, and the rowdy, robust closing track, Them Blues, a pair of bluegrass classics, both of which find the group exorcising their more expressive inclinations.
Likewise, the forlorn lament, If That’s the Way You Feel, effectively conveys the Stanley Brothers’ high lonesome sound through a convergence of humility and heartbreak. On the other hand, Seven Lonely Days may be another ballyhoo about break-up, but the carefree attitude and jaunty delivery moots any sense of sadness and real disappointment. The sentiment is still strong on the record’s sole instrumental, Dixie Hoedown, but words aren’t needed to express the pleasure the trio find in conveying their joy in providing the sounds that they share.