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Where Purchased: CD Baby
This Portland Oregon bluegrass band has the finest musicians and songwriting expertise that I have ever heard. This album, as the title suggests is recorded live and has equal amount of original songs to traditional instrumentals. The sound quality is excellent as well as the utterly amazing competence in musicianship amongst the band as a whole, but without the sappy better than thou attitude. These guys are down to earth and real, you can hear it in all their recordings.
With almost 10 years together, Jackstraw should be nominated into the IBMA as one of the the best bluegrass bands of today IMHO. There is nothing that they cannot accomplish with their skill and a sense of ease in their music. They consists of four members—guitar, bass, mandolin, and lead guitar (sorry, no banjos) each sharing vocals. If you like tasteful, blazing guitar and mandolin breaks, then this is a must buy.
For music samples, check Jackstraw out here.
Overall Rating: 10
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