Album review of Bearfoot: American Story

Album Reviews, Artists, Features, Music — By on August 30, 2011 1:16 pm

Compass Records Group will release Bearfoot: American Story on September 27, 2011. American Story is the follow up to the bands critically acclaimed 2009 Compass Records debut album Doors and Windows, which reached #1 on Billboards Bluegrass chart. The Nashville quintet has experienced a few personnel changes since their last release. Angela Oudean (fiddle) and Jason Norris (mandolin, violin, viola) are the remaining original members and they have added Nora Jane Struthers (guitar), Todd Grebe (guitar), and PJ George (bass, banjo, drums, percussion) to round out the group. This new incarnation of Bearfoot has produced a superb mix of bluegrass, American folk, and country inspired songs that should please music fans old and new.

American Story comes out of the gate swinging for the fences with “Tell Me A Story,” the first track on the album. The song conjures up images of fairytale creatures, kings, and lost treasure and combines the images with an infectious melody that permeates your subconscious. The theme of the song is one of escaping harsh realities through storytelling and the sophisticated simplicity of both the lyrics and music highlight the pop sensibilities and melancholy of the theme. “Midnight In Montana” is a juke jumpin’ down home bluegrass song that makes listeners want to down some whisky, grab a partner, and dance the night away. “Come Get Your Lonesome” is another standout bluegrass song that blazes into existence like a runaway freight train on fire with a goodtime feeling. “Billy” is an acappella old timey call and response style song that highlights the powerful vocals and tight harmonies of Bearfoot and is eerily haunting in its simplistic perfection. The album ends as strong as it began with an up tempo bluegrass tune called “Mr. Moonshine.”

Bearfoot: American Story is a tremendous collection of songs from a supremely talented group of songwriters and musicians. The album is the perfect blend of bluegrass, pop, country, and old time American folk styles of music and is all the more impressive coming from a group that has less than one year of experience working together. Bearfoot is already on tour in support of the album and on September 20, 2011 will play “Lunchtime at the Library” in Nashville, TN. Music fans everywhere do not hesitate to purchase a copy of Bearfoot: American Story you will not be disappointed. Make sure you check out Bearfoot at http://www.bearfootband.com/ for all the information you need on their music, tour, and much more.

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  1. Jim says:

    Nice review of an excellent album. Bearfoot certainly does blend old and new quite well.

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