Ventucky String Band | Happenstance

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by Ventucky String Band

VSB's third album showcases the quartet's instrumental prowess, with elements of bluegrass, swing, dixieland, and classical arrangements featured on 11 original tracks--Special Guest: Bill Flores (of Jeff Bridges' band the "Abiders") on sax & clarinet.
Genre: Country: Progressive Bluegrass
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Million Dollar Highway
4:36 $0.99
2. What Went Wrong
3:13 $0.99
3. Hell Needs Preachers Too
3:30 $0.99
4. Portland Town
2:57 $0.99
5. The Reaper Don't Care
2:24 $0.99
6. Liar's Poker
2:25 $0.99
7. To Who Am I
3:14 $0.99
8. High Desert Sonata
2:58 $0.99
9. So Much Love
2:55 $0.99
10. Happenstance
3:43 $0.99
11. Ventuck You
3:05 $0.99
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Album Notes
"The ability to recognize expertise in a genre so dependent on skill is no great feat — and the Ventucky String Band is nothing if not expert. On the wonderfully diverse Happenstance, half of which was tracked live in guitarist Matt Sayles’ garage, the quartet casually conveys its mastery of traditional bluegrass instruments such as the fiddle and the banjo in a way that can only be described as “shredding.” Toe-tapping clever ditties like the swingin’ “Reaper Don’t Care” and the darker “Hell Needs Preachers Too” are juxtaposed by the absolutely sublime instrumental “High Desert Sonata” and “So Much Love in This World,” which could easily cross over into mainstream country radio. My personal favorite is the jazzed-up “Ventuck You,” a laugh-out-loud anti-ode to California girls that features Whiskey Chimp’s Bill Flores playing horns and tenor banjo. “I’ve seen enough of these girls with big shades on, thinking somebody cares about their goings-on. Struttin’ around like their shit don’t stink, famous in their minds but too busy to think.” Good stuff.

— Michel Miller, Ventura County Reporter, June 2014



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