I’ve been eagerly anticipating this album since the Okee Dokee Brothers announced they’d hike the Appalachian Trail. Not only am I a fan of their music, but I deeply treasure my memories from when I lived in Appalachia.
Instead of canoeing down the Mississippi, as they did in their GRAMMY winning album, Can You Canoe?, this time they travelled south to north on foot.
The band’s sound mixes perfectly with traditional Appalachian music. In additional to their normal instrumentation, banjo and guitar, this album also features fiddlesticks, pots, pans, auto-harp, bones, clogs, mouth bow, gut string banjo, washboard, jaw harp, mountain dulcimer, fiddle, hambone, bass harmonica, and whistling. As with the previous album, this one comes with a DVD as well. The variety of instruments and guest performers (locals) made the DVD a great asset to this album. How fun to see real people really make music with all those instruments! (No electric instruments were used in the making of this album, uber cool.)
Whether you’re listening to the new songs inspired by the hills or whether you’re listening to old classics like “Big Rock Candy Mountain,” this album is infused with the wilderness. I definitely want to go out on a family adventure (and bring these songs along.) The Okee Dokee Brothers bring the simplicity for which we feel nostalgic and make it seem possible in our frenetic world.
Will they repeat their Grammy win with this album? No one knows for sure but I think they are definitely contenders again. Through the Woods is as solid as Can You Canoe?
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