A good portion of contemporary folk releases sound over produced and frankly, ungenuine. That’s not the case with the fourth release from Old Man Luedecke. The songs move from traditional, sparse arrangements such as “Lass Vicious,” to the majestic beat driven “Woe Betide the Doer of the Deed.” The banjo tone alone earns it a spot in the Folkways catalogue. Its accompaniment is sincere and understated vocals filled with thoughtful lyrics, no strained put-on accents here. Because there’s so much harmony between those two elements, the additional instrumentation crowds the songs at times. “Machu Picchu” sits a little close to a Carter Burwell composition for me, but the rest of the album’s familiar melodies belong to Old Man Luedecke. Two more highlights are “Down the Road” and “Inchworm.” This is a great companion for his live show, that shouldn’t be missed.
Paul Coutts and Julie Skrepnek