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Dust Bowl Roots (songs for the new depression)


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Foot tapping originals mix with old-time jazz standards with in a nice mix of bluegrass and swing styles. June 26 2010
By Steve Ramm - Published on Amazon.com
This young duo from Toronto can get your feet tapping from the first notes of the first track on this album. It certainly did mine!

Howard Druckman plays guitar and harmonica, with some rough vocal harmonies, but its Beverly Kreller, who not only vocalizes with a powerful "out front" voice but she plays the accordion, spoons, kazoo, trumpet, bodhran (and more) on the 13 tracks here. (I'm not sure why the 13th track is called a "bonus track", its just the 13th song here. By the way, the duo are backed on some numbers with an upright bass banjo and mandolin.

Half the songs are originals while others are standards by Irving Berlin, Louis Armstrong and the Sy Oliver hit "'T'Aint What You Do (It's the way that `cha do it". And their take on Patsy Cline's classic "Walkin' After Midnight" has a nice swing.

They call "timely songs for the new depression" and refer to them as having "dust bowl roots". I just call this fine pieces of Americana played in both swing jazz and bluegrass style with some nice originals that blend in nicely with the older songs.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"

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