i just want to jump in here and say this album is extraordinary. up there with the best stuff i've heard. there's a deep sense of history, but also it's very much about being alive now in the twenty first century. very high level of musicianship. i've seen this band live in nyc a few times and they warm the place up as they engender a sense of solidarity based on shared humanity. the writing evinces a great deal of study as does the playing. but technique always serves the music. we always hear human experience brought out into the open and healed. there is a prophetic strand to this music as well as an optimism. i'd be happy if, when people thought about american music, they thought about old time musketry.