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Water Tower Bucket Boys - Where the Crow Don't Fly EP (Self Release)

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3

With four albums released in just over as many years, this four-piece Portland-based revivalist outfit continue to deliver their high octane bluegrass sound with the energy of a 1970's punk band. At times sounding a little like The Band, partially due to Kenny Feinstein's vocal, which bears an uncanny resemblance to Rick Danko (circa the good years), the Water Tower Bucket Boys have taken their music from busking on street corners to playing concert halls on both sides of the Atlantic. There's certainly a blurring of styles evident in their music, which borrows from various traditions as broad as bluegrass, blues, Cajun, folk and country with a healthy dose of punk attitude. WHERE THE CROW DON'T FLY presents five original songs demonstrating a range of styles from the bluesy Pilgrim Song, which sounds as authentic as anything on those old Doc Watson records, the old-time string band influenced Walkin' the Road, to the more sensitive side to Fienstein's song writing in the EP's closer R Song. With Feinstein on guitar, keyboards and mandolin, Cory Goldman on banjo, Josh Rabie on fiddle, guitar and harmonica and Kyle McGonegle on upright bass, the band not only show their 'chops' instrumentally but also demonstrate some fine three-part harmony singing, especially on Easy Way Out, which also features Caleb Klauder on drums. As the boys embark on their extensive UK tour, this EP will no doubt serve the band well up and down the country.

Allan Wilkinson
Northern Sky