The Bootleg Remedy

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The second release from New York City's greatest old-timey music revivalists, the Bootleg Remedy continue to wade through the source waters of American music. The brainchild of ethnomusicologist and multi-instrumentalist David Gould, traditional forms are juxtaposed and reinvigorated with a rowdy and rollicking spirit and without a hint of academic pretension. Whether remaking Ralph Stanley's "Love Me Darling Just Tonight" with the unique pairing of a decidedly Western swing-influenced lap steel with a back-porch frailed banjo or presenting Flatt & Scruggs' "Down the Road" as a pre-bluegrass boogie, the Bootleg Remedy are never content to simply revisit the ethos of the past. Providing fun on par with that of the Squirrel Nut Zippers or Robert Crumb and his band, The Cheap Suit Serenaders, Gould has an undeniably refined talent for breathing new life into songs written long before he was born and creating new compositions that sound similarly ancient. Having penned five of the album's ten tracks, Gould enlists the help of a large cast of endlessly talented co-conspirators, jumping from old-time jazz balladry to somber rags, klezmer-inspired romps, and Dixieland stomp, occasionally changing from one to the other or mixing elements from each together in a single song. Overall, a mixing pot of country, jazz, blues, and Western swing that boils over gloriously for 45 minutes.

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