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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

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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’, ‘Don’t 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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 4, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: July 4, 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Squatney
  • ASIN: B000GJ1482
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,848 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Ross on December 18, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Playing Time - 37:35 -- Chicago-based Tangleweed is a "foot stompin', moonshine drinkin'" group that has an alluring je ne sais quoi that is sturdy and self-assured. Full of exuberance and energy, the quintet's rough edges are starting to smooth out since their live debut "Just A Spoonful" album. No personnel changes have definitely brought their strings tighter, and "Where You Been Gone So Long?" was wisely recorded in a more controlled studio environment. Timothy Ryan Fisher (banjo), Paul Wargaski (upright bass), Billy Oh (fiddle), Kenneth Rainey (mandolin), and Scott Judd (guitar) share chemistry that results in some good-time music inspired from old-time, bluegrass, jug band, swing, gypsyjazz and Irish airs.

Playing regularly since mid-2004, Tangleweed's strength is their infectious enthusiasm and varied repertoire. "I've Found A New Baby" is a carefully-cultivated classic 1930s jazz standard, and their medley of jigs and reels or "Leaving of Liverpool" convey hues of emerald green. A tune like "Drunkard's Blues" is presented with authentic grit. The band's original old-time protest song bewailing war and poverty, "Hard Times," gives Tangleweed a sound not too dissimilar from the New Lost City Ramblers. Also written by all members of the band, the title cut speaks to "being broke and hungry, sleepin' on the floor" and "twelve hours on a Trailways bus to sleep here by your side." That cut epitomizes Tangleweed's bluegrass spunk. This string band's eclectic repertoire has a little something for everyone in a big urban environment like the Windy City. In fact, their varied music is quite breezy and refreshing too. This mostly excitable, frenzied set ends with another face of Tangleweed - "Last Call Waltz" with its one minute of doleful yodeling recorded in the empty stairwell of an old Chicago building. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)
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