18 Switchbacks

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:: Motherloaded Tavern :: January 7 ::
:: First Street Pub ::  February 4 ::

18 Switchbacks

18 Switchbacks

Independent

3.5 out of 5 stars

I love bands that aren’t sticklers about release dates. This CD was relatively recently given to me by a band member who said, “It kind of came out earlier this year, but it’s just kind of our 2010 release.” After all, release dates are so limiting, and 18 Switchbacks is not about limitations.

In name and theory, the band is a bluegrass outfit, tight, quick and energetic. But, particularly on tracks like “Your Song,” the band has the ability to completely shed any grassy labels, for more of a Billy Breathes kind of Americana pop — similar to Blue Merle but without the commercial, one-and-done suckiness.

The men who make up 18 Switchbacks are just that, men; family men — not college kids out spilling beer on their mandos and puking on their guitar cases — and there’s a lot to be said about the way those type of men carefully approach their music. It’s refined, loose only by design not by accident, but still carefree enough to take sharp turns when they need or want to.

The album’s closer, “Clouds In 3,” is a definite highlight and another sharp turn in the band’s twisting repertoire.                        — Brian F. Johnson

:: Motherloaded Tavern :: January 7 ::

:: First Street Pub :: February 4 ::

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