Artist: Ragpicker String Band Title Of Album: The Ragpicker String Band Year Of Release: 2015 Genre: Acoustic Blues Label: Yellow Dog Records Format: MP3 Quality: 320 kbps, 44.1 Khz Total Time: 57:17 Total Size: 137 MB Covers: Front
Tracklist: 01. Honey Babe (4:27) 02. Minor Blues (3:43) 03. Google Blues (5:37) 04. Blue Monk (3:05) 05. Clean Up At Home (3:55) 06. Motel Towel (3:57) 07. Baby Where You Been (2:47) 08. Black Mattie (4:26) 09. Lonely One In This Town (4:15) 10. By Your Side (4:17) 11. Milk Cow Blues (4:36) 12. Trimmed And Burning (4:05) 13. Street Doctor Blues (4:28) 14. Bruno's Dream (3:32)
Mandolinist Rich DelGrosso, Guitarist Mary Flower and multi-instrumentalist Martin Grosswendt have earned steady streams of praise for their outstanding string skills. Combined, these three have earned nine Blues Music Award nominations and enjoyed rave reviews and top festival slots all over the world. And they do strum, pick and bow up a storm together as the Ragpicker String Band -- but it's their tight trio harmonies that especially dazzle. The acoustic dream team summons the spirits of everyone from the Mississippi Sheiks and Blind Boy Fuller to Jim Kweskin and R. Crumb as their voices and fingers fly through the mists back to the golden prewar age of folk-blues. Classics by the likes of Sleepy John Estes and Blind Willie Johnson -- combined with new originals by Flower and DelGrosso -- allow this virtuosic threesome to leaven their serious instrumental and vocal chops with mischievous humor. Just as Kweskin and Crumb filtered the songs and sounds of their heroes of country blues through their own modern sensibilities and considerable personalities, so do these contemporary traditionalists. Jump from a fabulously fretted, sublimely sung trip to the past like Trimmed and Burning to a laughing lament of modern times like Google Blues and you'll find out what an uncommonly fine stew of traditional and contemporary ingredients they've cooked up. They even season it with a delectable dose of jazz via a conspicuously piano-less romp through Blue Monk. DelGrosso's mandolin mastery has been dubbed the best since Yank. Add what Mary -- a two-time finalist at the National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship -- and Martin (One of the best fingerpickers I ever heard play -D. Bromberg) bring to the table and you know you're in for a string exhibition of the highest order. Add to that irresistible harmonies and irrepressible humor and you've got a side project worthy of the front-and-center spotlight.