Saddle River Stringband

Saddle River Stringband

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The Saddle River Stringband, who feature Troy MacArthur on banjo, James Phillips on mandolin, Tom DesRoches on bass fiddle, and Mike Dixon on guitar, play an intriguing mixture of old-time, country and blues that falls just shy of being bluegrass, and at times on this 12-song set, the group's sound veers almost into jug band territory, with a tiny dose of western swing thrown in for good measure. It's all pretty easygoing and casual, spotlighting original pieces along with a handful of old country blues standards given a string band sheen, including fine versions of the Carter Family's "We Shall Rise" and Mississippi John Hurt's "Louis Collins."

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