Uncle Earl: Waterloo, Tennessee (Elite)

 |   |  <1 min read

Uncle Earl: Easy In The Early ('Til Sundown)
Uncle Earl: Waterloo, Tennessee (Elite)

This all-women quartet open this diverse, rootsy and often surprising 16-track collection with a kick-arse bluegrass track which is a real attention grabber. And there are others like it scattered throughout.

But there are also Cajun ballads, a barn dance instrumental (with someone's boots clickin' on the floor), some a cappella work, touches of the blues and much more including a nice gospel feel in places. Lots of deft fiddle and banjo playing too.

There are also two centrepiece tracks about Napoleon in exile -- which allows me to recommend Julia Blackburn's exceptional and throughly readable account of the island and Napoleon's days there, The Emperor's Last Island. So this album -- produced by Led Zepp's John Paul Jones -- swings on a wide and enjoyable path through various kinds of Americana . . . and elsewhere.

So good I even forgive them the odd "yoda-lay-dee-doo".

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Durand Jones and the Indications: American Love Call (Dead Oceans)

Durand Jones and the Indications: American Love Call (Dead Oceans)

Across orchestrated originals, this band out of Indiana evoke the spiritual ache of Gil Scott Heron (the bleak realism of Morning in America “and I can't see the dawn”), classic Motown... > Read more

THE BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2017: THE EDITOR'S PICKS

THE BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2017: THE EDITOR'S PICKS

As subscribers to Elsewhere's weekly newsletter know, this has been a busy year for us. There was time-consuming paying work which allows Elsewhere to continue to follow its wayward path and the... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Bruce Springsteen; Nebraska (1982)

Bruce Springsteen; Nebraska (1982)

From this distance it is hard to remember just how huge Springsteen was in the late 70s and early 80s: these days disco and punk/new wave get more pages in rock history books, but Bruce Springsteen... > Read more

Sacramento: The Ghosts of Sacramento

Sacramento: The Ghosts of Sacramento

In the few hours after dawn there is nothing here but ghosts. As sharp California light spreads across the empty streets of Old Sacramento the homeless who sleep under the nearby flyovers emerge,... > Read more