THE BEE EATERS, “Oddfellows Road.” 11 tracks
The Boston-based Bee Eaters will never be mistaken for a traditional bluegrass band. Their sound is closer to chamber music. But there are distinct bluegrass influences in the band’s sound.
The Boston Globe refers to them as “a wondrous new species” and says the band “combines chamber music’s finely calibrated arrangements with bluegrass’ playful virtuosity and pop music’s melodic resourcefulness.”
You’ll also find Celtic, jazz and old-time music influences in their sound.
Wes Corbett, who played banjo with the band since its inception in 2008, bows out with this album.
That leaves Tristan Clarridge on cello, fiddle and vocals; his sister, Tashina Clarridge on fiddle; and Simon Chrisman on hammer dulcimer. Dominick Leslie plays mandolin on three cuts and Mike Marshall, on one. And Bruce Molsky adds vocals to “The Way It Is,” the only non-instrumental on the album.
“The Way It Is” looks at cruelty in the world, from poor people being told to get a job to people denied jobs because of the color of their skin.
It’s an album that traditionalists will probably steer clear of, but people who are into what’s called “progressive acoustic music” will likely enjoy.
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