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La La Bones (from the album Bones Hit the Ground as a self-release) (by Bryant Liggett)
The latest release from Bluegrass band La La Bones offers up a full festival package. With some traditional Blue and hints of Nu from the grass world, all delivered in a tight folk package, their new record in Bones Hit the Ground finds the Durango, Colorado-based quintet delivering the best of acoustic music offerings. A record ripe and ready for the purists, for those who like their string band on the coffee-shop Folk side, or even a jam of the NuGrass, it’s a record that offers something for all in the Roots music and string-band world.
Tommy Frederico’s banjo leads the album right out of the gate with “Two Ton Wave”, a bouncy love song where the banjo quickly yields to hot mandolin and guitar breaks and delightful harmonies from Kathy Hilimire and Jimi Giles-Davis. While the nod to traditional bluegrass continues with the bouncy “Lupine” and the driving title track, that respect comes with a subtle nod to bluegrass progress heard via hints of newgrass in “Wild Coast” and “No Surprise”. A gem on the album is “Radio”, an animated cut swings out of the gate thanks to a bouncy fiddle, and the album closes with the dramatic and dreamy “Time Bends”.
It's an album of solid instrumentation where banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and guitar have equal roles in the solo realm that are all placed with precision and care, as are the harmonies of Hilimire and Davis. The band knows the genre, they’ve left the fluff behind and dropped an album of textbook Blue- and Nu-Grass. (by Bryant Liggett)
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