Phenomenal African American string band The Ebony Hillbillies – 5 MILES FROM TOWN: When I lived in Alabama (eons ago, it seems), “string bands” were generally associated with white guys & corn liquor at weekend-long festivals, I guess… this band sets that stereotype to be ’bout as false as false can be… you don’t have to just take my word for it, either… just watch this year-old performance from the group (not from the album) – they just ROCK:
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On the album, they bring their phenomenal style to brilliant life on songs like the old standard “Wang Dang Doodle” – like you’ve never heard it before, folks… fresh and full of soul!
I can’t help but be reminded of some of those ol’ “Chicken Shack” scenes from L.A. (Lower Alabama) I used to participate in as I listen to their playing on “Carroll County Blues” – haul out that sour mash & git on DOW-un, people.
A real cast of characters in their lineup, too…. Henrique Prince on violin & vocals; Norris Washington Bennett doing banjo, mountain dulcimer, guitar & vocals; Gloria Thomas Gassaway on bones (percussion & vocals; William (Salty Bill) Salter doing acoustic bass; Allanah Salter on shaker (percussion & vocals; Newman Taylor Baker playing washboard percussion and A.R. (Ali Rahman) doing cowboy percussion… it really all comes together on my personal favorite of the dozen songs offered up, too… “Fork In The Road” features some of the prettiest violin you’ve ever heard on the intro, and morphs right over into one of the most soul-filled pieces you’ll hear in 2018… a truly excellent piece!
I give The Ebony Hillbillies a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.98… get more information on The Ebony Hillbillies website. Rotcod Zzaj
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