Artist: The AM String Band
Album: Take Root
Lively, foot stomping, swinging and just plain fun. That’s what you’ll get from The AM String Band’s album Take Root. This energetic CD is filled with a wonderful collection of traditional and new tunes. Taking a cue from their experience at the Montana Artist Refuge, this trio takes some of these classic Appalachian tunes and styles and manages to merge them beautifully with elements of other styles, specifically with both classical and French Canadian styles of playing.
From the very onset, the CD kicks things into high gear with perhaps one of my favorite tracks “North Carolina Breakdown – Seneca Square Dance”. In this tune the fiddles keep things light and energized while the guitar work and foot percussion really helps to give it more of a sense of depth and intensity. In all, the tune accomplishes what it sets out to do – make you want to dance. In contrast, the CD ends with the nice soulful ballad “Meet Me In The Moonlight”. In this song, the arrangement blends seamlessly together vocals and instruments to create that feeling of good old time music.
In short, this band’s unique combination of instrumentation and musical prowess make this album a joy to hear.
Stephen Mc Sweeney is a High School English/Drama teacher. Besides writing for the Celtic MP3s Music Magazine, he enjoys acting, writing and playing Celtic music. He can be seen as one of the members of the band Terrible Musicians, where he plays percussion and mandolin.