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We Banjo 3 (from the album Open the Road available on We Banjo 3 USA) (by Bryant Liggett)
We Banjo 3 walk a fine line between string, gentle Pop, and Celtic music. It’s a place where they excel and are very comfortable, dropping gentle cuts ripe for a mid-afternoon festival set or play on progressive radio. Their latest in Open the Road finds them laying out that comfortable balance, mid-tempo tunes with bluegrass instrumentation, with just enough twang suitable for the twang uninitiated.
That hybrid mix of string and pop band is prevalent on the album opener in “Hummingbird” where a pulsing drum beat lifts a driving banjo and dobro. This is feel-good music, as they sing ‘sit beneath the fading day and feel the worries gently fade away; on the hopeful “Garden Song” while “Heart in Hand” encourages unity when they sing ‘see the flowers of every color rising up from the same dirt, we are not divided in classes or in creeds, but we just call each other fellow human beings’.
Their Celtic roots shine on the Open the Road title track as it turns into a bouncy instrumental after an ambient start and “Alive with You” is that festival ready cut, a good time thumper encouraging all to ‘dance like nobody’s watching’.
Instrumentally they play like a Berklee trained string-band, and a band reared in the pub, and they write like they’re ready to break into the pop-music circuit. It’s an offering for the twirling festivarians and the Celtic lovers hunkered down with a pint.
They also get points for a killer album cover. (by Bryant Liggett)
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