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Trouble (Readymade/Thirty Tigers, 2014)

The Howlin' Brothers

Reviewed by John Walker

Look up the definition of eclectic. One says "deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources." You could certainly define the Howlin' Brothers style of music as just that, with a supreme mixture of country folk, Cajun, bluegrass, and good old Appalachian Mountain. If you look further into the definition, it states "denoting, or belonging to a class of ancient philosophers who did not belong to or found any one recognized school of thought but selected such doctrines as they wished from various schools." We hit the nail right on the head with that one.

The Howlin' Brothers are a refreshing step back in time musically, with their diverse acoustic sound and energy on this follow up to "Howl."

Produced once again by Brendan Benson, the Howlin' Brothers get you moving right from the start with "Pour It Down" and never stop throughout all 13 original songs here. The mixture of sounds is enough to keep your attention plus keep you moving. The core group consisting of Ian Craft, Ben Plasse and Jared Green simply astound you with their full aura of talents, including writing, vocals and instrumentals.

There is something literally here for everyone. You have the classic country feel of "World Spiing Around," the tongue in cheek humor of "I Was Wrong" and the closing gospel revival feel of "Yes I Am." This one will leave you shaking in your seat and smiling.

CDs by The Howlin' Brothers

Trouble, 2014 Howl, 2013

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