Personnel: TJ Zindle (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Jonathan Brown (glockenspiel, drum set, percussion); Dan Jones (bass guitar); Randall Moore (congas, bongos, timbales, percussion).
Audio Mixer: Jamie Candiloro.
Recording information: Big Sky Recording Studio, Ann Arbor, MI.
The Michigan band's fifth studio album but first to get help with distribution, The Threshold & the Hearth incorporates the Ragbirds' usual wide array of international folk influences, instruments, and rhythms into a warm, lusty folk-pop. The five-piece ensemble is led by singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Erin Zindle, whose easygoing delivery matches the album's deceptively effortless-seeming arrangements, which span congas, electric guitar, and kalimba, to name a few. Loosely following the narrative of a couple surviving life's highs and lows, The Threshold & the Hearth was produced by Grammy nominee Jamie Candiloro (Ryan Adams, Ed Kowalczyk) at Big Sky Recording Studio in Ann Arbor. ~ Marcy Donelson