So, what happens when you combine the Green Grass of Ireland and the Blue Grass of America's Heartland? Chances are you'd end up with a group such as Get Up Jack, based out of Troy, NY. Featuring three former members of the group Hair of the Dog, Get Up Jack's debut album The Road Home is an excellent example of what happens when you combine traditional Irish/Celtic music with an American Folk/Bluegrass twist.
The album opens with a song called “Longdog” If you didn't know that this was a Celtic album, the opening harmonica riffs would make you think you were listening to Willie Nelson's version of “The City of New Orleans.” Trust me, this is not a bad thing. I personally find it quite catchy.
The album also features other Celtic favorites such as “On the One Road” (A personal favorite of Yours Truly) and “Dicey Riley,” but also features popular American Country hits such as Rascal Flatt's “Bless the Broken Road” and a really excellent version of John Michael Montgomery's “Life's a Dance”
The album concludes pretty much where it started, with a fun, harmonica and banjo makes you want to sing along version of Van Morrison's “The Bright Side of the Road”
The Road Home brings a fun and fresh twist to traditional music Irish and American music. From the banjos and harmonicas of “Las Vegas (In the Hills of Donegal)” and “Hit the Ground and Run” to the tin whistles of “The Holy Ground” The Road Home is a fun, lively album that fans of groups such as The Wolfe Tones, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and The Clancy Brothers would enjoy……And of course Hair of the Dog 😉
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