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Brett Ratliff  Cold Icy Mountain Recording/Album Reviews

Submitted by lydsyl (see all reviews from this person) on 7/3/2011

Where Purchased: Appalshop

Overall Comments

A fantastic and noteworthy collection of old time music from a great talent. Chilling ballads, great singing songs, and fiddle/dance tunes are combined for a very well rounded listening experience.

Brett Ratliff is an amazing player and he has learned a genuinely traditional style of playing in the living tradition of Kentucky, which is one of the few places with a still unbroken musical tradition. It's great to listen to and great to learn from. His singing is just as remarkable as his playing. His voice is both rich and expressive, to the point that you will get chills listening to it.

Two of the most moving, dark songs are "Young People Who Delight In Sin" and "Cold Icy Mountain." The two songs that I found most fun were "Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow" and a very nice version of "Wish I Had Stayed in the Wagon Yard."

Overall a really good album, you can't go wrong with such a talented artist as this one.

Overall Rating: 9

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