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Album Review

Molsky is a fine musician, and this collection of traditional tunes is a testament to his talents on both guitar and fiddle. While his vocal delivery is sometimes less than inspired (as on the pallid "Fishin' Blues," especially considering earlier treatments by the likes of Mississippi John Hurt and Taj Mahal), his playing is never less than excellent, working a keen melancholy mood into tunes like "Peg and Awl."


Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '90s, '00s

During the 1970s there was a resurgence of interest in the traditional music of rural America that has come to be known generically as "old-time" music, particularly in the driving, rhythmic string band sound of the southern Appalachian and Blue Ridge mountains. Like many people who discovered this music during their high school and college years, New York City native Bruce Molsky was drawn to it as much by the social and communal side of it as by the power and drive of the music itself. Born of...
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