The Black Twigs Hobo Handshake CD

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The Black Twigs Hobo Handshake CD

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Sprawling 4th full length from the Black Twigs kicks out raw, percussive takes on both Appalachian traditional and original material. Great guest spots by Charlie Parr. 

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Sprawling 4th full length from the Black Twigs finds a slightly reshuffled lineup and a renewed emphasis on kicking out raw, percussive takes on both Appalachian traditional and original material. With Ralph Berrier Jr.'s retirement from the group, Mike Gangloff has added fiddle to his already considerable arsenal, and along with stalwart guitarist Isak Howell, brought in Nathan Bowles (Spiral Joy Band) on percussion and several guests who make substantial contributions to the party. The Twigs work the fine line between the Friday night old-time dance party and the wellspring of grim and evocative tragedy that runs through the tradition, delivering these laments, travelogues, and wild whoops with sawing, rocking joy. This is a sprawling collection, with visceral group takes on "Crossing the James," "Cherry River Line," and "Old Joe Clark." Charlie Parr and Lane Prekker join the crew on "Last Kind Word Blues," "Train 45" and "Twin Sisters" (first essayed by Pelt way back in 98) with Parr's amazing, ragged voice leading the charge over Bowles and Prekker's driving percussion. Along with the full group material, the Twigs throw in other welcome oddities such as Howell's Fahey-like "At the head of Every Creek," "P.E.A. Vine Blues," an arrangement of a tune from Portuguese Africa, and a book ending solo version of "Crossing the James," with Gangloff on baritone banjo. In tri-fold digipak.