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The Band Plays On

by Ventucky String Band

VSB's fourth album--inspired by the record drought in California--is a bittersweet album of hope, love, loss and heartache. Lauren Donahue's addition to the band adds lush string arrangements, vocal harmonies, and unique melodic songwriting.
Genre: Country: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Careful How You Catch 'Em
3:39 $0.99
2. Autumn in My Mind
4:19 $0.99
3. Playing Harmony
3:11 $0.99
4. Breathing Smoke
3:20 $0.99
5. Buenos Aires Blues
4:26 $0.99
6. The Band Plays On
4:50 $0.99
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Album Notes
Ask members of the Ventucky String Band what they appreciate in the bluegrass and country legends who inspire them, and they will say the musicianship. The new Ventucky String Band album, the expertly woven tapestry of The Band Plays On, has musicianship in spades, in the staccato punch of plucked bass and the über-tight banjo harmonies. Songs like the peppy “Careful How You Catch ’Em” are so note perfect it’s hard to believe they weren’t pulled from a time capsule. But it’s also true to form in the deeply affecting lyrics, lovelorn and honest, like on “Buenos Aires Blues,” when singer Matt Sayles sings, “Time stretched me out, and I’m feeling like a sorry old fool.” Fun, succinct, and moving, too, it’s an accomplished work from a very talented bunch." --Richie Demaria Santa Barbara Independent October 20th, 2015

"With its latest release, The Band Plays On, there are two new facets to the group that help take things to the next level. One is Lauren Donahue, who’s joined the group on fiddle and vocals. Having a female voice in the previously all-male lineup now gives the harmonies and vocals a new, interesting layer. The second reason Ventucky String Band is reaching new heights is the songwriting. With The Band Plays On, Ventucky String Band puts just as much focus on the storytelling and melodies as it does on the actual performance with simple but beautiful songs that wouldn’t be out of place on a Steve Earle or John Prine record. Ventucky String Band has proved it can play on — and write on, just as well." --Chris Jay, VC Reporter



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