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Hotmud Family  The Complete Vetco Recordings Recording/Album Reviews

Submitted by Bart Veerman (see all reviews from this person) on 6/22/2012

Where Purchased: CDBaby

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Hotmud Family - The Complete Vetco Recordings

Dave & Suzanne Edmundson & Rick Good.

One of my fondest memories was when I saw these folks at a concert in Carlisle, Ontario in the late [nineteen] seventies. They played a fabulous mix of bluegrass, old time & string band music. Their arrangements were incredible, especially Suzanne's lead vocals were outstanding. Rick's banjo playing was a real turn on, listening to him switch back on forth between three finger picking to clawhammer styles was just amazing. Seeing as I had just started to learn how to play myself I was mesmerized seeing and hearing him do that. Rick's been one of my banjo heroes ever since. I picked up one of their LPs, Years in the Making, at the time and it's still one of my all time favourites to listen to. I managed to find another ones of their LPs a few years later, Live as we know it. Borrowed one from a friend, Meat and potatoes and stuff like that, but that was it as far as getting any of their other ones around these parts of the world.

From time to time I tried to google them but nothing really turned up, until a couple of months ago that is. I found someone singing one of their songs on Youtube and figured it's time to google once more. Waddaya know, they now have a website and better yet, they rereleased their Vetco label albums on CD. Four albums on a double CD set and you can order them online. No brainer, and a few clicks later I started counting the days till the package arrived in the mail.

What a thrill to hear them again without all the snaps, crackles and pops on the old LPs and three of these albums I had never heard before - talk about yer treat for the day.

This set includes these four albums:

Till we meet again, or above
Stone Mountain wobble
Buckies in the briar patch
Years in the making

The thing of course, when will they be rereleasing their Flying Fish label albums and are their any I'm not aware of:

Live as we know it
Meat and potatoes and stuff like that

The Complete Vetco Recordings: this is truly amazing music - sooo worth the $25 for the double CD set.

Be sure to check out their website:

Overall Rating: 10

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