On a superficial level, it's pretty easy to talk about Old Man Luedecke. After all, he specializes in straightforwardly simple old-fashioned bluegrass; he sounded that way on his first album just under a decade ago, and it's just as apt a description of his most recent release, My Hands Are On Fire And Other Love Songs. Essentially, if you're not a fan of bluegrass, you're probably not going to like Old Man Luedecke, and if you are, then you should find plenty here to enjoy.
Of course, just because My Hands Are On Fire... is easy to classify, it doesn't mean that it's bland or forgettable. As Old Man Luedecke proves throughout, bluegrass can be a pretty versatile genre, even if it tends to all sound the same. It can be a twangy lament ("Down The Road"), a hoedown-y romp ("Mountain Plain"), a sneering putdown ("The Rear Guard") and, best of all (at least in my opinion), a powerful tool for protest ("Woebetide The Doer Of The Deed"), among other things. In the hands of someone as talented as he is, the possibilities are endless, even if the genre boundaries aren't, and My Hands Are On Fire And Other Love Songs proves that fact over and over again.