Waterloo, Tennessee

Waterloo, Tennessee

by Uncle Earl
     
 
Few acoustic bands manage to achieve (let alone maintain) the kind of balance that, based on the evidence of their third album, seems to come pretty naturally to the four young women of Uncle Earl: playing music based in old-timey string band tradition that holds an ancient flavor without parodying old-timey sounds, and that brings in

Overview

Few acoustic bands manage to achieve (let alone maintain) the kind of balance that, based on the evidence of their third album, seems to come pretty naturally to the four young women of Uncle Earl: playing music based in old-timey string band tradition that holds an ancient flavor without parodying old-timey sounds, and that brings in modern influences without sounding self-consciously hip. Combining traditional fiddle tunes with modern compositions, and sometimes blending the two by adding new lyrics to old melodies or coming up with new and unusual musical juxtapositions (the shape-note song "Buonaparte" segues seamlessly into the music hall song "Bony on the Isle of St. Helena," for example), Uncle Earl pays homage to the past without either groveling to it or arrogantly "updating" it. Throughout the program, the gentle lilt of their singing voices contrasts beautifully with the full-blooded energy of their playing -- note, in particular, the sprightly and gorgeous "Wish I Had My Time Again" and the Cajun 2-step arrangement of Bob Dylan's "Wallflower." And a healthy streak of humor runs throughout as well, as exemplified by the Chinese commentary running over the top of the old Seven Foot Dilly tune "Streak O'Lean, Streak O'Fat" and by the wryly regretful original composition "D&P Blues." If they can keep this up, we all may wake up one morning to find that Uncle Earl is America's finest roots band.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/13/2007
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661057722
catalogNumber:
610577
Rank:
111730

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Uncle Earl   Primary Artist
John Paul Jones   Bass,Piano,Mandola,Hollers,Wobble Board,Guest Appearance,Papoose
Tara Nevins   Triangle,Guest Appearance
Eric Thorin   Bass,Guest Appearance
Gillian Welch   Drums,Guest Appearance
K.C. Groves   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Mandola,Group Member
Rayna Gellert   Fiddle,Vocals,Group Member
Kristin Andreassen   Banjo,Fiddle,Guitar,Ukulele,Vocals,Group Member
Abigail Washburn   Banjo,Vocals,Group Member
Erin Yougberg   Bass,Vocals,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Ola Belle Reed   Composer
John Paul Jones   Producer,Audio Production
A.P. Carter   Composer
Dave Sinko   Engineer
John McVey   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Uncle Earl   Composer
Colin Bricker   Engineer
Rayna Gellert   Composer
Kristin Andreassen   Composer
Ted Pitney   Composer
Patrick Granado   Engineer
Abigail Washburn   Composer
Margie Ormerod   Drawing
Eric Merrill   Composer

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