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Paul & Jody

by Paul Friedman & Jody Kruskal

American Songs and Tunes - Old Time, country classics, fiddle tunes and great old songs played on fiddle and Anglo concertina.
Genre: Country: Old-Timey
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  Song Share Time Download
1. (It's My) Lazy Day
2:56 $0.99
2. Niskayuna
4:16 $0.99
3. Mole in the Ground
4:08 $0.99
4. Yankee Squirrel Hunter / Boys, My Money's All Gone
4:45 $0.99
5. Bravest Cowboy
2:31 $0.99
6. Rivers of Texas
4:00 $0.99
7. Danz Terpsichore
3:16 $0.99
8. Rain and Snow
3:32 $0.99
9. Sadie at the Back Door
3:29 $0.99
10. Hang Me (Been All Around This World)
4:07 $0.99
11. Cuckoo's Nest
3:34 $0.99
12. Wreck of the Six Wheeler
3:23 $0.99
13. Reel Harmonie
3:07 $0.99
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Paul & Jody accolades from fans and clients:

"A suitably quirky collection of American tunes and songs with Paul's sweet-tempered fiddle playfully energized by Jody's Anglo concertina, a combo that is like something Mike Seeger would have dreamed up on a good day" - PETE SUTHERLAND

“I sang along with most of the songs you played last night, and though I had heard them before, you made them sound fresh and new. There is an authenticity to your presentation that made me feel like I heard those great old songs again for the first time.“ - LINDA

“Jody, I listen to the CD several times a week because it has so many wonderful renditions of old stuff--- it's nostalgic and fresh, a great combination. My faves, though all are terrific - Wreck of the Six Wheeler and Rain and Snow. I've heard so many versions of the latter, including a great one in the parking lot in Galax, West Virginia in 1963 sung by Obray Ramsey.  Yours really holds up - your timing is so fine on that.” - NANCY

"We’ve been basking in the good feelings from last night’s house concert. A few people called and emailed today to say how much the enjoyed the music. Your playing is an inspiration to me, and it was so enjoyable to hear Paul.” - BETH & DAN
“Paul & Jody- Thank you SO MUCH for an incredible concert - I knew you’d be good, but I didn’t know how good!” - PENELOPE

"I have been enjoying your album so much that I play it on the 'repeat' setting and just let it go." (S.K.)

"Really lovely album, very tasteful, nicely conceived and executed." (V.M.)

Paul Friedman - fiddle
Jody Kruskal - Anglo concertina and vocals
Bill Peek - banjo and piano

This new recording presents a unique and memorable duo in a program of rarely heard American songs and tunes. Jody Kruskal (Anglo concertina and vocals) and Paul Friedman (fiddle) have been playing traditional music for more than 30 years in New York City and beyond.  

The songs tell American stories that are hilarious, gritty and true — stories of train wrecks and wrecked marriages, death-row convicts and lonesome lovers, heroes, losers, swaggering braggarts, and lazy slackers. The instrumental fiddle tunes hail from New York to California, from the Southern states on up to Quebec.

Jody sings passionate country vocals with playful wit and a hint of the blues. His Anglo concertina playing has a distinctly American sound. He pumps out rhythm with the bellows and delivers rich harmony and counterpoint. You might imagine a fistful of improvising harmonicas, but you're hearing just one squeezebox, powerfully played in a style quite different from that of English and Irish traditional music, where the Anglo is most popular today. Anglo concertinas once came through North American ports by the hundreds of thousands. Then they faded almost completely from the American scene, a generation before the beginnings of recorded music. Jody returns the Anglo to the company of the fiddle, banjo and guitar central to American old time music.

Paul plays fiddle in a direct, rhythmic, sensitive style. It’s the development of his decades of playing for dances ranging from contras and squares to Swedish, English country, Morris and sword. This is the fiddling of a musician who loves to dance and loves songs. Paul is one of a generation of old time musicians excited by the playing of North Carolina fiddler Tommy Jarrell. He visited Tommy. He listened, watched and learned. Paul also visited old timer Jehile Kirkhuff at his home in Pennsylvania. Paul still plays the fiddle tunes he learned in Jehile’s living room in the 1970s. You'll find two of those tunes recorded here.

Bill Peek adds variety and depth to four tracks with his expert piano and banjo playing. Together, these three veteran dance musicians present a vibrant new American album, offering up a fresh crop of old songs and tunes.

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Wendy Stanford

A celebration of simplicity -- dancey & happy!
...Yet, subtly complex.

I was surprised to realize, after listening a few times and then finally picking up my accordion (though, my concertina would have worked, too) and playing along, that these songs are basically very simple. I could easily play them by ear (at my simple level), but, the way Paul and Jody combine their amazing talents makes simplicity an art.

Their fiddle and concertina play so cooperatively, with interaction ('counterpoint,' I'd guess is what's more correct) that goes way beyond just two separate instruments churning out tunes.

And I might just have to sit and listen all day... because now I've got '(It's My) Lazy Day' stuck in my head.

Bill Christoferson

I'm enjoying this CD!
Beautiful stuff, beautifully played. A very pure strain of old-time. "Been All Round This World," "Yankee Squirrel Hunter," "Rain and Snow," "Cuckoo's Nest"--terrific.

Katie Weiss

Good Listening
Nice selection of traditional songs and tunes, ranging from mournful to foot-tappingly llively. Jody's singing is clear and expressive, perfectly suited to the material. The fiddle and concertina make for some close harmonies and driving rhythms. They've chosen some of my favorite old time songs, and presented them in unexpected ways. Kudo's to Paul and Jody for this thoughtful and varied cd.

Ed Berbaum

Terpsichore and Cuckoo's Nest
Great version of two tunes (I just downloaded these from CDBaby) i suppose are from your Jehile Kirkhuff visits in the 1970's
Your tunes and this album should be also on iTunes
Are they yet ? GREAT renditions