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Mr. Baber's Neighbors: The Solar String Band

Mr. Baber's Neighbors: The Solar String Band

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~ The Solar String Band

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From the flatlands of the Midwest comes a band of urban hillbillies who joined the bluegrass revolution and set out to bring the mountain sounds to those seeking a respite from the daily grind. The Solar String Band was established in the living room of Mr. Baber's Neighbor with the intentions of nothing more than a good time. With the release of their self-titled album, Mr. Baber's Neighbors offers their own interpretation of the bluegrass experience. 'If it weren’t for the hint of country, folk and roots-rock music in their Midwestern bluegrass sound (not that that’s a bad thing), you might be tempted to check the IDs of Des Moines’ Mr. Baber’s Neighbors to verify that they hail from Iowa and not Kentucky because they’re so dedicated to the high-lonesome sound founded there years ago by Bill Monroe.' “That’s what’s great about bluegrass music. It’s not about the business or the egos, it’s about the music.” 'That selfless, ensemble approach is what drives “The Solar String Band” to such impressive heights. It’s the group’s debut album on their own label, Baberhood Records Inc., and it's 14 tracks include admirable renditions of traditional tunes like “Little Cabin Home on the Hill,” “Nine Pound Hammer” and “Whitehouse Blues.” They co-exist alongside original foot-stompin’ instrumentals (“Sugar,” “Polk County Breakdown”), witty ditties (“Just Like A Country Song”) and heartfelt vocals with tight harmonies (“Midnight Run,” “Deep River Waltz”).' 'Mr. Baber’s Neighbors has carved a niche for itself with it's own sound, but it’s also universal enough to attract fans of all walks of life and all ages.' By Michael Swanger of Cityview The Following is from the 'Bluegrass Unlimited' review of MR. BABER'S NEIGHBORSâ€"THE SOLAR STRING BAND [November 2006 issue] Baberhood Records, No Number. Mr. Baber's Neighbors is a four-piece bluegrass group from the Midwest consisting of Jeff Blanchard (guitar and vocals), Mike Tallman (mandolin and vocals), Paul Perkins (banjo and vocals), and Jerry Hoehle (bass and vocals). For their latest recording venture, they are assisted by banjoist Bob Black and Larry Beem (resonator guitar). The 14 selections include familiar numbers like 'White House Blues' and 'Nine Pound Hammer.' However, most of the selections are original pieces like 'Scene Stolen,' 'Just Like In A Country Song,' and the instrumental 'Ode To Jones' (inspired by a pet cat). This is a captivating collection of bluegrass music that should find a wide audience far beyond their Midwest roots.

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    Artist: The Solar String Band
    Title: Mr. Baber's Neighbors: The Solar String Band
    Genre: Country
    Release Date: 2/27/2007
    Label: CD Baby
    Product Type: CD
    Catalog #: 5637392216
    UPC: 837101199438
    Item #: SRD119943

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