Industry And Thrift
Sugar Hill Records
A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange by
Spoken intro with tuba "exclamation marks" kicks things off on the most recent collection of songs by the Bad Livers, an Austin, Texas based duo with some support from their "extended musical family." The roots of their music is bluegrass, but purists beware - there are many surprises here. These include the already mentioned tuba, which blows you away with a solo in the first song, scorching electric guitar, tempo changes, a countrified klezmer tune and just some irreverent funloving interpretations of their original songs and covers.
It's obvious that these guys are masters of their instruments. When they pick up speed the notes cascade out of the banjo and guitar and you wonder if they have more than ten fingers.... Their singing ranges from bluegrass to folk/country, and while their voices don't have a distinctive, easily recognizable sound, they deliver the lyrics with a clarity and expression that is fun to listen to. FUN is actually the main impression I'm left with - a live concert with them should be a gas!
The packaging of the CD is annoying! Lyrics, who plays what, and other information that I consider standard are not included!
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Bad Livers are: Danny Barnes and Mark Rubin
Extended Musical Family: Ames Asbell, Mike Maddux, Leigh Mahoney, Lloyd Maines, Sara Nelson, Fred Remmert, Ben Saffer, Lisa Schneider, Steve Schwelling, Paul "Tex" Sweeny and Jake Zuckerman.
Produced by Lloyd Maines.
Edited by Roberta B. Schwartz