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Dry Branch Fire Squad

Dry Branch Fire Squad - Live! At Last

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Live! At Last

By Dry Branch Fire Squad

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Would you like to know why this band is so different from the others? It's a matter of receptivity, of openness to a tradition. The leader of this band, Ron Thomason, is fiercely proud of the ancestry of the music he plays and his models and materials are drawn from a longer span of time than most musicians know or use. At a time when most bands conform to the idea that progress requires fusing bluegrass with popular music, Ron is reaching further into the well-spring and his well-spring is deep. There is another side to this band that must be heard and this other side is humor. While all participate in the humor in one way or another, the master is Thomason. His ability to direct an audience is amazing. Under his direction full barrooms grow so quiet you can hear the soda in your glass fizz or audiences become so convulsed with laughter that minutes pass before the show can continue." --Joe Wilson This record captures much of the hilarity of the Dry Branch show while showcasing the best edition of the band yet -- performing not only many of their most requested numbers but also songs that appear here for the first time.

A Review

This 1995 recording captures the Squad's mixture of hillbilly humor (allegedly the basis for much of Jeff Foxworthy's work) and their formidable folk and bluegrass. Lead jokester Ron Thomason handles the comedy with an exaggerated drawl and a somewhat trite hillbillies-are-dumb theme. When it comes to actual music, however, the Squad can truly light it up. Thomason's mandolin and Bill Evans' banjo impressively race through standards including "John Henry," "Late Last Night," and "Blue Grass Breakdown." Gentle ballads such as "Aragon Mill" and the lovely "Hard Times" are handled with sensitivity while "Red Rocking Chair" showcases Suzanne Thomas' clawhammer banjo. While the comedy may become stale (especially after repeated listenings), it's nothing the CD program function can't handle. --Marc Greilsamer

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Late Last Night
  2. True Historia
  3. Aragon Mill
  4. Economical Talk
  5. John Henry
  6. A Pitiful Thing
  7. The Cowboy Song
  8. Housework Is My Life
  9. Red Rocking Chair
  10. Cultural Exchange
  11. Someone Play Dixie For Me
  12. Hambone/Balo's Song
  13. Testosterone Poisoning
  14. Midnight On The Stormy Deep
  15. Banjo Jokes
  16. Blue Grass Breakdown
  17. Band Introductions
  18. World's Greatest Folksinger
  19. Hard Times
  20. Goin Up On The Mountain
  21. Walk The Streets Of Glory


Product details

  • Audio CD (July 2, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: October 1, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Rounder
  • Run Time: 67 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000002N4

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