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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/13/2007
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661057722
  • Catalog Number: 610577
  • Sales rank: 115,716

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
Eric Conn Mastering
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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