Wolfe Bros.

Old Roads - New Journeys

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There's no one in the Wolfe Bros. named "Wolfe" and bassist Donna Correll certainly couldn't qualify as anyone's brother. A band, custom insists, must have a name, though, and the Wolfe Bros. moniker does a fine job of conjuring up the old-timey music that the band specializes in. As with 2001: An Old-Time Odyssey, Old Roads - New Journeys takes a trip back in time to the golden era of string band music, the 1920s and 1930s. In fact, the most common author listed on the song credits is "Traditional -- Public Domain," meaning the songs were written before writers figured out they could make money by claiming authorship. There's a fun version of "Democratic Donkey," an old favorite that the New Lost City Ramblers had brought back to life during the late '50s but that actually dated back to the election of 1936. Dale Morris and Casey Hash deliver a fine duet on the Delmore Brothers' "Honey, I'm Ramblin' Away" that's spiced up by Hash's fine guitar work. There are many other solid versions of classic material -- "I'm Too Young to Marry" and "The Other Side of the Mountain" -- plus a couple of fun fiddle tunes -- "Grey Eagle" and "White River." The Wolfe Bros., however, aren't sticklers for tradition. They've rewritten "Diamond Joe"'s lyrics, and offer a couple original songs. It should be pointed out, though, that this material works well within the overall program. For those who enjoy the Wolfe Bros.' earlier work and for anyone who enjoys well-wrought old-timey music, Old Roads - New Journeys is a winner.

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