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Richie and Rosie - Tractor Beam (Self Release)

Star rating: 
3

If there's a slight difference between Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton's album shot and that of the accompanying press release for the duo's debut album TRACTOR BEAM, then the fact that the album is now three years old might explain one or two things. The album was recorded in Trumansburg, NY and released in 2013 but is now being re-issued in the UK ahead of the duo's much anticipated visit to these shores next year. With just a fiddle and a banjo, together with two voices, the dozen songs range from self-penned material such as Ribbons and Bows, Take It or Leave and the title song Tractor Beam, a handful of traditional songs including Say Darling Say and Trouble in Mind, plus one or two instrumental delights such as Shirt Tail Boogie and Lost Goose. The duo also manage to squeeze in one of Townes Van Zandt's best loved love songs, If I Needed You, bringing a taste of their own brand of old Americana to new ears. As a bonus, a live recording of the traditional Ruben's Train and Hangman's Reel are included featuring Willie Watson on guitar, showcasing the duo's credentials as seasoned performers. 

Allan Wilkinson
Northern Sky