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Album of the week:
The Railsplitters, The Railsplitters (own label)
Colorado bluegrass quartet the Railsplitters have their first UK tour in the diary for 2015 and give advance warning with this, their debut CD that they’re going to be well worth catching.
From the same stable as Canadians the Bills and Virginians Furnace Mountain, they have the fresh approach of the former and the deep sense of tradition of the latter but with plenty of their own personality and in banjo player Dusty Rider and mandolinist Peter Sharpe particularly, a zest and talent for arrangements that give their instrumental tracks real sparkle.
All four sing, with guitarist Lauren Stovall providing the focal point on songs that stir in gospel elements, indie pop catchiness and country twang alongside the rootsy bluegrass spirit of Bill Monroe and a sophistication that gets close at times – check out My World - to Punch Brothers.
Guest fiddle and dobro add occasional extra character but the overall impression is of a group with more than enough resources to impress by themselves.
From The Sunday Herald, July 27, 2014.
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