Overlooked Gems: A Last Look at 2017 Roots Music Releases
NO DEPRESSION: Overlooked Gems: A Last Look at 2017 Roots Music Releases
"I first encountered Pinkerton as part of the marvelous trio The Early Mays and was struck by what she brought to that Appalachian string band, a kind of New England classicism that lent an incorporeal feel to the otherwise traditional sound. Beginning with well-known Appalachian songs such as “Red Rocking Chair” and “Darling Corey,” Pinkerton and co-writer (and husband) Burke gave them life in a new setting. Performed solo with her banjo, with an ensemble that includes a piano and flute, I hear a Copland-like yearning, and she describes it as being '21st century post-minimalist classical music and North American old-time.' Whatever you call it, it’s also timeless."
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