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Hunter Robertson: Sings Songs for the Masses

Submitted by Yopparai on 2/13/2008

Where Purchased: Online

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Banjos are capable of a wide range of styles and moods and I enjoy them all - but the thing that will grab me every time is a haunting melody supported by a banjo that is full of conviction and growl. With a range of old time clawhammer and finger styles and low gravelly vocals, Hunter Robertson Sings Songs for the Masses fills my need for moving, haunting banjo perfectly.

The songs have the feeling of old field recordings in that most are one take tunes without the sterile touch of heavy post production mixing and over dubbing. Just Hunter, his instrument, and his voice.

His version of "Redwing" is the first, and only, that I have heard that matches the mood of the music with the subject of the lyrics, and it changed forever how I think of the song. "You Gonna Need Somebody on Your Bond" breaks out the slide and demonstrates that the banjo can sing the blues with the best of them. Throw in some gut-stringed fretless, a little 12-stringed guitar, and a smattering of kazoo and opus and the result is a great CD that breaks a lot of people's idea of what "banjo music" is.

More information and sample tracks: http://hunterrobertson.com/harkframe.html

Overall Rating: 10

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