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.
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