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Jamboree

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Lordy, how do young bands sound so old? Not weary, tired, or out of date; one could swear this entertaining LP was recorded between 1968 and 1972. This Providence, Rhode Island foursome sound a lot like the Band (singer Oliver Williams even sounds like Richard Manuel), although with their proud use of banjo and folk guitars, something like "Emmaline" sounds like a Johnny Cash cover out of his second wife's Carter Family folio; others, such as "The One That Got Away" have a post-David Crosby Byrds/Grateful Dead/Dr. Hook/America country-pop hoedown kick like what Gram Parsons taught his Rolling Stones' pal Keith Richards. And there are chamber soul ballads like "Lil Darlin'" that make you think Nashville Skyline Dylan stopped by to jam. Kids, you make nice dad rock.