Stranger Creek String Band -- the
name of the band doesn't really say much about the band itself,
except it leaves one to wonder if life in their neck of the woods is
really as easy going, fun, and colorful as portrayed by their music.
Let me say first of all, Thanks to the guys of Stranger Creek for
sending me their CD Over The Sunset. I've just about
worn it out, and I feel as if I have been to a jam session with the
band. However, it is not so much a jam session as it is just four
friends sitting around making great music. And what is even better
about Over The Sunset, every track is an original composition
from the members of Stranger Creek.
When I first received the CD, I gave it a couple of
listens and set it aside to kind of think about it. Then sometime
later I was driving in my car and randomly reached for a CD in my
overhead visor. Upon hearing the opening bass lines of the first
track Brown Eggs, I thought to myself, "Wow, what is this!"
Being a person who enjoys good quality acoustic music with
mandolins, fiddles, and guitars, I was instantly intrigued. Upon
learning this was the Stranger Creek CD, I knew I had to give
it more serious attention. And let me say, this is some great
traveling music as well, as the time just flies by as you listen.
And some of the songs stay with you, such as the peculiar, kind of
twisted Rita. I'm still trying to figure that one out. The
personal experience reflected in What Am I Gonna Do caught me
off guard and made me laugh out loud.
Would I recommend picking up a
copy of Over The Sunset by Stranger Creek String Band? Most
definitely! The cover design really reflects the overall nature of
the music. The mix is just right, with every hot lick ringing loud
and clear, and the vocals, while nothing fancy, give you the feeling
you know these guys. The skillful musicianship of each member
of the band is nice and clean, with nothing extra in between. Barry,
Doug, Douglas, and Paul really have their act together. Check them