Simple Tunes for Troubled Times

  08/2008

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1 Break of Day
2 Miss Moline
3 The Steamboat Queen
4 Hittin on All Six
5 Charles Hatfields Blues
6 The Long Haul
7 The Romp
8 Wrens Lullaby
9 The Ghost of Richard Manuel
10 Mr. President (Have Pity on the Working Man)
11 Washtenaw County (By Daniel Kahn)

Simple Tunes for Troubled Times is a recording drenched in the influence of the Band, from the story-line songs containing nostalgic old-timey themes to the cohesiveness of the playing and lack of individual solos. Even the variety of instrumentation is Band-esque, featuring accordion, Dobro, fiddle, banjo, trombone, and trumpet, along with the quartet's standard acoustic guitar, steel guitar, standup bass, and harmonica — all of which are top-notch.