Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Review -- THE ABRAMS BROTHERS -- Blue On Brown

BLUE ON BROWN
The Abrams Brothers
Independent
9-out-of-10
When a CD states “this project is a tribute to the music of Bob Dylan and Arlo Guthrie” you should immediately be interested, at least I was. That is what the Abrams Brothers CD offered up, and the band out of Kingston, ONT. delivers the goods nicely. As the name implies, this is a brother band, with John, James and Elijah joining forces to play music that is solidly bluegrass, but with a few elements of simple old rock and country tossed in for good measure. As a tribute album, much of the music here of course is familiar, I mean who hasn't heard a dozen renditions of Oklahoma Hills? Ditto the classic City of New Orleans? That said with material like this it's really hard not to want to hear the songs again, and in this case the Abrams Brothers do such fine renditions of the songs, it's a pure pleasure. The material isn't fresh in terms of new writing, but really folks, do we care when they are borrowing from the likes of Guthrie and Dylan, two of the great songwriters in recent memory? I for one am just glad to hear young musicians tipping their hats to the sage writer/performers who laid the framework for the music of a generation. So sit back folks and enjoy songs that includes; Mr. Tambourine Man, Going, Going, Gone and Last Train. This is is a nostalgic album done well by three young musicians who play the fiddle, bass and mandolin with skill. They also pull off smooth harmonies, as you might expect from three performers who grew up as family. This is a winner folks. Buy it now for the familiar songs, and for the emerging new talent of the Abrams Brothers. Check it out at www.theabramsbrothers.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Feb. 18, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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