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Sons of the Never Wrong - Nuthatch Suite

Nuthatch Suite

Sons of the Never Wrong

Gadfly 291

Gadfly Records
P.O. Box 5231
Burlington, VT 05402

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mike Jurkovic
(rnrcurmudgeon@yahoo.com)

Though very, very few and far, far between, it is discs like Nuthatch Suite that quickly exhaust a pundits descriptive dictionary while giving hope to the musically starved.

Collectively, this hyper folk trio from Chicago, are the Sons of the Never Wrong. Individually, songwriters Bruce Roper — guitar vocals, Deborah Maris Lader — guitar, mandolin, vocals, and Sue Demel — guitar, vocals are whimsical and wise folk alchemists, nudging their tradition based songs towards the edges of jazz, bluegrass, classical, oom-pah and lest we forget where it all comes from, gospel.

Add all that to a literate lyricism and a vocal choreography that surpasses the usual 3 part harmony entering into jazzy syncopation and 'Nuthatch Suite' is the disc that keeps on giving. No matter how many times you listen, there's something new that catches your consciousness, making you smile, which makes choosing favorite tracks an injustice to the songs that go un-named. So I hope the Sons will forgive me for mentioning Good For Her, Wind/Tree, When I Was Little, If I Knew Then and the recurring Stylish Man theme as my faves among faves. You owe it to yourself to hear this.

Track List:

  • Too Many
  • Good for Her
  • Wind/Tree
  • Tea Tale
  • Here We Go Babe
  • Stylish Sue
  • Standing In The Dust
  • Crazy Dog
  • Beside You
  • Stylish Man
  • Weed
  • Stylish Bruce
  • If I Knew Then
  • When I Was Little
  • Talk To Me Darlin'
  • Stylish Deb
  • Little Brown Puppy
Produced by: Bruce Roper & Paul Dawidcyyk

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2005, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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