When you think of Brooklyn, the first thing to come to mind probably isn’t bluegrass-infused americana – but maybe it should be. On Overcome, The Jones Street Boys meld elements of folk, country, and bluegrass with pavement-pounding urban flare to yield a sound that is distinctly American.
Case in point is the last track on the album, “Tall Buildings”. Though the melody is familiar, the lyrics have a slant that ring true with any reluctant hipster who gives in to growing up (“sell me a suit / cut off my hair / send me to work in tall buildings”).
There is a wide musical range in the choice of songs, from the organ, harmonica, and bubbling banjo on “River Wide”, the quiet introspection of “Overcome” and “Hello Lonesome”, and the rougher vocals and distinctly bluegrass feel of “Last Time”. Vocal duties are more or less evenly traded off between the warm and deep sound of Jon Hull’s voice and sharper and reedier style of Danny Erker, with a healthy dose of group harmonies thrown in for good measure. Overall there is a nice balance and chemistry amongst the quintet.
Overcome is a great choice for those who want to dig into their roots without having to endure the twang and hokeyness so often associated with country and bluegrass.
Overcome dropped 10/2/2007.
You can stream the entire album at their site.