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The Youngers - Heritage


The Youngers

Obuck Records

Available from The Youngers' web site.

A review written for the Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

This is a band from Pennsylvania that holds many echoes of the music once called Country Rock as played by Gram Parsons, Neil Young, and The Byrds, mixed with a little more of Bruce Springsteen's rocking music (of course back then The Boss was more of a singer/songwriter, and wasn't rocking nearly as hard as he is now).  The Youngers enlisted producer John Carter Cash (son of Johnny and June Carter Cash) to produce this album and recorded it in the Cash Cabin Studio in Tennessee. They enlisted the help of Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and pedal steel player Ralph Mooney, as well as former (or sometimes) Younger, Jesse Nocera, on guitars and James Harton on Hammond B3 and piano joined the party.  The Youngers are Todd Bartolo who handles the lead guitar and vocals as well as writing eleven of the thirteen songs on the disc; Randy Krater on bass, vocals, and the writer of the Our Little Secret and The Ride; and Justin Schaefer handles the drums and Percussion.

This band has listened carefully to the music that forms their roots and incorporates it without being slave to it, but rather advances it and brings it into the times we are in.  There are the jangly guitars of the early West Coast Country sound of the 70s, so reminiscent of the Byrds and Poco.  The story telling tradition of these groups is kept alive here also; The Youngers keeping to what they know and to what they have lived.  What is remarkable about this disc is not what is on it, rather the promise for future.  This is a band to watch as there is so much potential it is almost dangerous.

Track List:

  • Heartbreaker
  • Heritage
  • Highway 9
  • Truck Driving Man
  • The Ride
  • In the Morning
  • Seat 24
  • Middle of the Night
  • Right All the Wrongs
  • The Wild Ones
  • Our Little Secret
  • Big Ol' Freight Train
  • Downtown

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2008, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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