YELLOW BELLIED SAPSUCKERS
Ocooch Mountain Home
Get A Good Grip On My Heart - The Broke (Ass) Waltz - Ghost Of The St. Louis Blues - Toothbrush Ho-Down - Medalla De Dios - Ballad Of Will Wing - The Crazy Rag - Kiss Away - Beneath A Neon Star In A Honky-Tonk - Patt And Otto's Waltz - Ocooch Mountain Home - The Goodbye Polka
I was absolutely amazed when I first heard this duet performing their original songs on this, the Ocooch Mountain Home CD. This is definitely a step back in time. It's very hard to describe what this lovely couple do with music. It definitely has some western-jazz swing music BUT it also is very definitely some roaring-twenty's music. "Ghost Of The St. Louis Blues" is a harken back to 'Frankie & Johnnie." Absolutely delightful. And just when you are set to hear some more of the same, Nikki Grossman turns her Scandinavian fiddle into a very old-timey hoe-down song that even changes tempo to get you up dancing. How neat is that? Patrick Harrison joins them, in the just-right places, for some accordion and lap steel. His Mexican accordion on "Medalla De Dios" is just right, and very authentic. They are singing of God and it's all in Spanish, very well done, on one of the rare songs they did not write themselves. Making their home in Wisconsin, this very gifted and talented duo promise to be at the LeMars Festival, and we are working hard to find a way to present them at the Oak Tree in Anita, Iowa. We even hear a little 'scat' on "The Crazy Rag." The old-time fiddle wends its way throughout this project, and it sounds just right to me. The guitar backing is that 20's style of strum and very interesting beat-keeping style. Even the waltz "Patt And Otto's Waltz" sounds just right for a slow dance, and I'm sure that is exactly what it does. The actual name of the CD "Ocooch Mountain Home" is very mountain style, sounding like it just came out of Appalachia, maybe 50 years ago. How terrific is that, because it's one of their originals. They close this very pleasant listening experience with another of their own, "The Goodbye Polka." This CD is going to get heard by the Rural Roots Music Commission, and I can already hear the ooohs and aaahs as they describe the style and method of 'creating' music from the past. This hillbilly-vaudeville style of music is far to delicious to pass up.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART - Pres., NTCMA - www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International