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Country: Country Folk Moods: Type: Acoustic Folk: String Band

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United States - Oregon

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The Kindreds

The Kindreds are a unique group of musicians. Rainer Farmer, Steve Martin, Rob Pugliese and Laura South came together to form the Willamette Valley (Oregon) band in 2002 and are now releasing their first album, “Checkin’ Out.” Their sound is varied — ranging from sweet, comforting Western ballads to precise, improvisational bluegrass jams — and their flexibility with vocals is just as impressive.

For example, the title track features a bluegrass core with rich harmonies that speak of disconnecting from an increasingly frantic and technologically dependent culture. By contrast, the softer “Forever Winter” is a guitar- and mandolin-driven tune in which South takes the helm, singing as a mother to her daughter about love and loss.

The biggest problem befalling groups who try to branch out in different genres is that their albums can sound hodgepodge, a stew of musical styles that don’t blend easily with one another to create a pleasurable listening experience. Not so of The Kindreds. Moving from tracks whose sounds touch aspects of folk, country, Appalachian and even jazz, the album is genuinely thoughtful while flowing easily from one point to the next.

Nothing is found to be lacking with this group. Skillful string picking, an intuitive sense of timing, and an ability to create a single rich sound from many instruments are only a few reasons why The Kindreds are worth sitting down and listening to. Unless, of course, you find yourself struck with the inclination to get up and dance, in which case you would be hard-pressed to find an excuse not to do so.