Stetson & Cia

January 16, 2012 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: January 16, 2012
  • Label: Stetson And Cia
  • Copyright: 2012 Stetson And Cia
  • Total Length: 26:21
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  • ASIN: B00708LSPG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,152 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BubbleWrap on June 7, 2012
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Let's get one thing out of the way before I delve into this album - this isn't a Cherryholmes record. Fans of the legendary family bluegrass band who purchase this record expecting that classic Cherryholmes sound will be sorely disappointed. If you come to it with an open mind for what it is rather than what it isn't, then you'll discover a very strong first effort from this recently wed duo.

From a production standpoint the song list features the two singers alternating lead vocals from one track to the next. It's a simple but effective approach. Given that Cia is a more well-known commodity it was surprising to hear Stetson lead off the album. His rich voice sits very well on top of the mix when he sings. Having him kick off the album is a symbolic shot across the bow that establishes him as an equal in the creative process. Kudos to the production team of Stetson and Cia, and Cia's prodigious younger sister Molly Cherryholmes, who provides additional instrumentation to the record. That said, I listened to the record several times before Stetson grew on me. Then I realized it wasn't so much I didn't enjoy his talents as it was wanting to hear Cia, whose voice is one of the purest you will ever hear. Whether she is singing lead or providing her uncanny ear to harmony, she is a rare vocal talent.

The sparse instrumentation doesn't really give Stetson too much to do on guitar but he does a nice job of holding a steady rhythm that allows Cia's banjo talents to shine. Cia leaves behind the bluegrass licks and utilizes the banjo in a more old-time manner. I'm not even sure she's using finger picks to pluck the strings. I could be wrong but the sound is more organic and delivers a warmer, deeper tone with much less twang than one typically hears in a bluegrass arrangement.
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