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The Stairwell Sisters

Get Off Your Money – 2008 (Yodel Ay-Hee)

Reviewed by Julie Drysdale

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The Stairwell Sisters lead off with a foot-stomping, hand-clapping instrumental, "Kentucky Winder," showcasing the band's picking and fiddling talents and infectious energy. But the real fun begins when the women add their vocal harmonies to the mix. This collection of originals and old-time folk songs demonstrate the talent of this rompin' and stompin' all-girl string band.

Despite their hard charging intensity, the Stairwell Sisters remain traditionalists at heart., bringing new life to old time favorites "Hangman's Tree" and "Boat's Up the River." The Sisters' self-penned tracks, including standouts "Fitch Mountain Waltz" and "Sleep When You're Dead," blend seamlessly with the older songs. Producer Lloyd Maines adds his pedal steel talents to one track, and his production style throughout the disc highlights the Sisters' tribal style of alternating lead vocals, rousing melodies and a dizzying array of instruments, not the least of which is Evie Ladin's feet, used most effectively as the clogging solo lead in to "Stay All Night."

The Stairwell Sisters don't break much new ground on their third disc, but they deliver a consistently satisfying brand of energized country-bluegrass.