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Artist: The Chairs
Title: Artist Overview
So, I ain't gonna pass up the chance of 5 new tracks am I?
Right now the tracks are in listen only format and I have no idea whether they will be downloadable at some point, but even so I think I'd even attempt dialup to do it if I still lived in those dark days. In this Broadband world of ours though it's easy peasy lemon squeezy even if a more in-depth look may throw up some things I'd miss while having a few listens. First out is Katy Kline, a traditional bluegrass track that has all the Chairs hallmarks; faultless vocal performance, and an instrumental track that bolts along as if it's ass were on fire. So far, so country and I'm loving it. Tell me that you love me Katy Kline... Yeeeaaaawwwww. Darling Corey is another bluegrass standard with a much less in your face production than Katy and I'm not sure it fits the track but its still nonetheless a passionate performance from the band, even if the sound lets it down somewhat.
Sandy Boys is a track for fans of Celtic music and shows how deep into the whole genre the Chairs go for their inspiration, this is a track you could be hearing right now in any bar in Scotland or Ireland. It's to the bands eternal credit that they always deliver the authenticity this kind of material demands as a rite of passage from the musicians and they step up to the plate with commendable grace and charm. Little Satchel is a much more folk flavoured than most of the band's material but that dry, almost deadpan vocal delivery that marks out most Chairs tracks comes in and it automatically attaches itself to heart and toes with great speed. It's a charming song lyrically too. Will The Circle Be Unbroken is, of course, a classic track in its own right. Staple of the civil rights movement and a leading contender (along with We Will Not Be Moved) for official soundtrack of any rights movement, there is no way I couldn't get into this. The Chairs deliver it with the same easy authority they brought to I See You Rider and with much of the same charm. No matter whatever else you do this year, get yourself a listen to this band...
Proud of their heritage? You betcha!! American Classics never sounded better. Highly Recommended.