Saturday, February 16, 2008

The Jones Street Boys - Overcome

I got a song off this album from another blog (S:I?) a few months ago and couldn’t stop playing it. That song, “Last Time,” showed the Jones Street Boys as a promising string band willing to incorporate accent instruments such as piano, harmonica, and traps drums. When they sent me their disc last month, I was not disappointed. But their record shows a greater stylistic range than I was expecting. They keep their record centered on the New York-style string-band sound, but they foreground harmonica, piano, organ, and other keyboard instruments on a few tracks. This album comfortably inhabits the uneasy middle ground between string-band revivalism, insurgent country, adult alternative acoustic, and hipster folk. The other stand-out track on the disc is a cover of the Band’s “Twilight.”

Listen:
The Jones Street Boys - Last Time
The Jones Street Boys - Twilight

Buy:
From Insound
From Amazon

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love this band. Saw them play a show in NYC last weekend. Contagious energy and positive delivery. I also recommend checking out the tracks "River Wide", "Argentina", and "Grand Canyon."

boyhowdy said...

Nice to see others finding this album. I'm in with Argentina and Twilight, and I'd add their other coversongs to that list of great cuts: John Hartford's Tall Buildings and Monroe/Rowan's Walls of Time.

Lee said...

If you like these guys, check out The John Henrys
http://www.linusentertainment.com/thejohnhenrys/

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