The Konnarock Critters

O Sister!

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Although the back cover of the Konnarock Critters' 2002 CD, O Sister!, states that the album is "not affiliated with, or sponsored or endorsed by the producers of the movie O Brother Where Art Thou," the music inside certainly was influenced by the sounds of the old-timey string bands of the '20s and '30s. Siblings Brian and Debbie Grim founded the group in the late '80s, and their claw-hammer banjo, fiddle, and flatpicked guitar-based neo-traditional folk tunes hearken back to simpler times. The music is done faithfully, with originals and traditional tunes sitting comfortably together, and their interpretations of "Poor Liza Jane" and the Carter Family's "Dixie Darlin'" feel like they've been transported through a flea market Victrola (but without the scratches and pops). The vocals are intimate and a little rough, but that only helps to add to the homespun feel of the recordings.

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