Barry & Holly Tashian

Long Story Short

  • AllMusic Rating
  • User Ratings (0)
  • Your Rating

AllMusic Review by

On their seventh album, Barry & Holly Tashian offer a varied set of mostly original folk-country material, incorporating a lot of the idioms they've absorbed over the years including bluegrass, blues, and even a bit of gospel, ragtime, and swing. It's good-time music that doesn't cross the line to saccharine cheerfulness. Even the songs that allude to hard times and financial/environmental hardships (à la "Worry Doesn't Worry Me" and "Honey, Where's the Money Gone") are played, written, and sung with a happy-go-lucky humor and determination not to let things get them down. Indeed, a sunny-side-up, glass-half-full approach pervades the record, whether they're discussing romance or other topics, making for a refreshing change from the many acts of their ilk who sing about the state of things with a weary fatalism. There's not exactly any rock & roll here, but there are also upbeat party tunes of sorts with "Rockin' Little Country Girl" and "Rock It Like It's Saturday Night" that hit about as danceable a stride as country-folk tunes are likely to find. In a more serious mood, "Sail Away" has something of the spiritual dignity found in the high lonesome harmonizing sound of vintage bluegrass or early folk groups such as the Carter Family.

blue highlight denotes track pick