Artist: Old Tire Swingers
Album: Old Tire Swingers
You can preview the tracks and buy the cd here www.oldtireswingers.com
This is a CD that I just HAD to share with you all. Sent to me by the bands’ UK agent, these young Californians whip up an exhilarating brand of hard driving old timey Appalachian bluegrass that will have you a whoopin’ and a hollerin’ and a stompin’ before you know what’s happened!
13 self-written songs, all sub-three minutes, that (shake) rattle and roll along paying due respect to the tradition, but infusing subtle elements of their own as irascible clawhammer banjo vies with a myriad of memorable tunes for your undivided attention.
This particular genre of music can be so adept at conjuring Happy Valley images of the American idyll, and the Old Tire Swingers achieve a distinction in that category. I really DO want to be floatin’ on down to “Cricket Hollow” (where it’s a mighty fine day)! I really DO want to be “sittin’ in the shade of the old oak tree, with ma girl there singin’ harmony”! There’s no other place I’d rather be than there with ma pretty B(ernadine)!
The upbeat songs are driven along by insistently urgent fiddle playing of the highest order, and quakingly toe-tapping upright bass guaranteed to wear a hole in your shoes before the album is finished.
“Police” and “Big Eyed Rabbit” exemplify this to the max, the pace never letting up, leaving us grateful for the slower tempo of “More Good Than Bad”. A slightly more conventional tale of promising one day soon to treat your girl right, and coming on home to your baby every night – which is punctuated by sumptuous Resonator guitar lines to die for.
Paul Chesterton (banjo and lead vocals), Nick Kennedy (guitar and vocals), Frick Dau (upright bass) and Nat Felon (mandolin) have produced an absolute corker of a debut album here. There are copious surprises and delights at every turn, but don’t be too worried if you do indeed find yourself dancing all night to the Angel Band – it’s mandatory!
These boys kick serious (bluegr) ass!!