Dirty Linen (p.44) - "Uncle Earl's contemporary folk sound is cleanly produced and cleanly delivered....A solid followup to SHE WAITS FOR NIGHT."
Global Rhythm (Publication) (p.47) - "[The music] sounds engaged and energetic....Songs of depth, creativity and integrity."
Personnel: Kristin Andreassen (vocals, guitar, banjo, ukulele, fiddle); K.C. Groves (vocals, guitar, mandola, mandolin); Abigail Washburn (vocals, banjo); Rayna Gellert (vocals, fiddle); Erin Yougberg (vocals); John Paul Jones (mandola, piano); Gillian Welch (drums); Tara Nevins (triangle).
Recording information: Coupe Studios, Boulder, CO; Karian Studios, Gallatin, TN; Notably Fine Audio, Denver, CO; The Sound Emporium, Nashville, TN.
Few bands in the post-millennial re-explosion of interest in old-timey and bluegrass sound as natural as Uncle Earl. While most attempts to capture a true bluegrass feel fail in the modern studio--the results sound less like roots music and more like an NPR news precursor--for their third record, Uncle Earl captures a genuine warmth and energy required to make the music smoke. Taking on a mostly traditional set, with a fantastic cover of Dylan's gentle "Wallflower" and some originals as well, the quartet's WATERLOO, TENNESSEE overcomes both anachronism and modern banality, and proves that they are the band to beat in the contemporary bluegrass scene.