MIKE REP AND FRIENDS: Darby Creek Drifter: LP

Country bluegrass and folky sort of stuff that, if it had a murky production, would sound like something from the days of Woody Guthrie and the era of the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. Sometimes I think exceptional musicianship is becoming a thing of the past, but listening to this I’m reminded I’m not listening to enough variety of music and being open to what’s out there. Just listen to “Grandfather’s Clock” and it’s crystal clear these guys can play like the masters of the past. The cover of Velvet Underground’s “Pale Blue Eyes” is pretty good, and really translates well into this genre (a song that is, at heart, a country song anyway). I have to give a nod to the re-working of “Mr. Bo Jangles” into “Mr. Bo Derek.” But it’s the cover of the Doors’ “Five to One” that is superb. Mike and company put a bit more dirt and attitude into the song and make it their own. I’m a fan. 

 –M.Avrg (540)