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Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur

Penny's Farm – 2016 (Kingswood)

Reviewed by Lee Zimmerman

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Take a reunion of two old time folkies and what do you get? In the case of Jim Kweskin and Geoff Mudaur, you get an album that stays true to their timeless template. The pair's history of concerted collaboration shines through here as well, and while the material is still of the vintage variety - the traditional tunes "Fishing Blues" and "The Cuckoo" being the best examples - the enthusiasm they share is still evident throughout.

Kweskin and Muldaur call in a lot of recruits to help out - Van Dyke Parks, Cindy Cashdollar and Don Heffington, among them - but it's the pair's prowess on their instruments of choice - guitar, Dobro, pedal steel, banjo, accordion, percussion and the like - which gives "Penny's Farm" its tone and texture. The arrangements are simple and mostly unadorned, but the sentiment still shines through. Most of this music is based on old-time trappings, but there's a timeless charm evident in each of these offerings, making "Penny's Farm" a gemuinely enticing experience.

Granted, music like this isn't exactly in vogue. Most folk singers these days are confined to coffee houses, house concerts or the occasional communal gathering. Yet in listening to these two legends, it's easy to be reminded of how relevant roots music remains even now. For that reason alone, "Penny's Farm" is fertile indeed.