Plank Road Old Time String Band

Plank Road: Vocal & Instrumental Blend

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There were one or two old-time string bands from the '20s and '30s that featured cello, so for this revival group to include cellist Micheal James Kott as a member isn't absolutely far out as a concept. But combined with the more resonant bass sound that a '70s recording is bound to have, it might just be too much for the purist who wants the old-time music concept to be preserved in mothballs like Grandma's baptismal outfit. For those interested in how different types of music actually evolve, or simply for lovers of the cello, the Plank Road Old Time String Band's work will be a delight. In fact, the solo cello track "Fallen Rocks" is nothing if not a complete revelation. The group, which also features duel fiddles, banjo, and guitar, seems quite well-researched on the subject of repertoire, bringing in numbers from a variety of sources. Drawing on ideas that certainly were common currency in the heyday of early string band recordings, the group puts a special emphasis on its catchy, humorous numbers.

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