3.5 out of 5 stars
Whiskeytown broke up in 2000, but no one told Cari Minor and Ray Smith of Strangebyrds. The duo’s recent self-titled release picks up where the team of Ryan Adams and Caitlin Cary of Whiskeytown left off.
Minor has taken home a couple of Telluride Bluegrass troubador prizes, as well as being a finalist in the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival showcase several times in the past few years, but this album shows her with a bit of a raw and rocking side.
The songwriting on the album is pretty evenly split between Minor and Smith, with Smith harnessing a sound based on blues, but not afraid to carry over into boozy-tinged country rock. Minor, on the other hand, takes a more singer/songwriter approach with her material and, not surprisingly, the tracks that they co-write together have a stable balance, with the two complimenting each other instead of getting in each other’s way.
— Brian F. Johnson
:: Laughing Goat :: April 2 ::
:: The Tasty Weasel Taproom :: April 16 ::
:: KGNU Kabaret 88.5 :: April 25 (7pm) ::
:: Nomad Theater :: April 30 ::