The Bootleg Remedy

The Bootleg Remedy

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By exposing the ragtime roots of both Dixieland jazz and bluegrass, the Bootleg Remedy find the crossroads where Louis Armstrong and Bill Monroe meet. A rambunctiously fun outing similar to the string band recordings of R. Crumb and the Cheap Suit Serenaders, banjoist/mandolinist/vocalist David Gould leads his band through seven barn burners that sound as if they should be playing in the background of some grainy 1930s children's cartoon. With good-natured banjo, guitar, and tuba laying the foundation for some hot trombone and violin, "Davo's Rag" and "Snake Juice" take familiar-sounding blues progressions and send them off on improvisational side roads with decidedly happy feet. Not content to simply plug into the standard renditions, "Old Salty Dog Blues" is treated to a clattering jug band makeover, just as "Blue Moon of Kentucky" is remade as a nearly unrecognizable dirge until breaking into a shuffling Dixieland street procession. Overall, a set of songs that fly by in just under 25 minutes but establish the Bootleg Remedy as one of the greatest Dixieland/old-timey revivalists of the early 21st century.

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