Tangleweed is a five-person band from Chicago, Illinois, that performs a unique style of bluegrass that blends elements of rock, jazz, and country. One local media personality described the band as having "a bright new bluegrass sound." This latest compact disc collection certainly lives up to those accolades with 14 selections that have been extracted from a myriad of sources ranging from Ola Belle Reed ("High On A Mountain") to the Clancy Brothers ("Leaving Of Liverpool") and the jazz classic "I've Found A New Baby." The group is at their best on "Ginseng Blues," a medley of "With A Bottle In My Hand" and "Farewell Blues" and their instrumental rendition of "Black-Eyed Susie." With "Where You Been So Long?," Tangleweed has created a musical magnum opus that is loaded with variety, excitement, and imagination. When it comes to contemporary bluegrass, Tangleweed certainly knows how to deliver in style. --Bluegrass Unlimited
This is the kind of music that makes even your kitchen utensils dance, so infectious is its blend of bluegrass, country, jazz and rock, you'll do well to stop the dish running away with the spoon. Interspersing traditional songs, covers and some very decent originals like 'Hard Times', which has a mandolin solo so delinquent that you'll want to slap an ASBO on it they create a party atmosphere and with the songs usually clocking in below three minutes, you don't get chance to be bored. They take on jazz standards like 'I've Found a New Baby', and with the fiddle taking the brassy lead they confuse it into submission. There is a maelstrom of plucking, banging, sawing and shouting that give the songs an irresistible momentum, and they leap at you like an overfriendly Labrador. 'Leaving of Liverpool' comes as something of a relief, the vocals are melancholic, up front and downright folky, and with the guitar as the lead instrument it provides an interesting counterpoint to the frenetic activity that has gone before. An unabashedly old-fashioned record, traditional and proud and with enough energy and skill to convince any doubter. --Americana-UK
The packaging of Tangleweed's Where You Been So Long looks just like a mini vinyl record, and the roots rock sounds found inside are just as vintage. The project was recorded with Mike Hagler (Wilco, Billy Bragg) whose ingenious fingerprints are especially evident throughout the blistering bluegrass of "Black-Eyed Susie," the old-time country nugget "Drunkard's Blues," and the finger-picking fury of "Hard Times." --Illinois Entertainer
From the Artist
This is Tangleweed's follow-up to their acclaimed CD, "Just a Spoonful", which won glowing reviews in the press and received airplay in seventeen countries on three continents. The fourteen songs run the gamut from up-tempo rockers (Hard Times, Dont Need a Bottle) to delicate ballads (Leaving of Liverpool), with hot jazz (I Found a New Baby), mountain music (High on a Mountain), Irish fiddle tunes (Sir Lucas De Somerville), and classic bluegrass banjo (Black Eyed Susie) all covered with equal skill and passion.
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