Mac Traynham

I'm Going That Way

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When it comes to old-timey instrumental work, Mac Traynham is the real deal, which makes I'm Going That Way a real treat. Lacking the smoother edges of its commercial counterpoint, unadulterated folk music has always been a rare commodity. Traynham's version of "Take Me in Your Lifeboat," for instance, lacks the polish of even Flatt & Scruggs' bluegrass version, but what the listener has instead is an understated, heartfelt take that digs deep into the song's spiritual message. The real highlight on I'm Going That Way, though, is the instrumental work of Traynham and his companions. The arrangements of pieces like "New Jordan" and "Lost Gal (In the Flatwoods)" rarely grows larger than banjo, fiddle, and guitar, and even then, these set-ups flow organically. Traynham, whether playing fiddle, banjo, or singing, succeeds by his honest, unadorned approach, rendering even familiar pieces like "Old Cotton-Eyed Joe" fresh. There are also several solo pieces, including "The French Waltz" (with banjo) and "Pretty Little Indian" (with fiddle) that provide an intimate look at Traynham's style. I'm Going That Way is nearly 70-minutes long, meaning that the old-timey fan will get more than his or her money's worth with this purchase. For fans of real old-timey music, I'm Going That Way will go a long way towards explaining why some things shouldn't change.

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