Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Delusions of Banjer
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
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Oh, so much fun!
Jason Loeb (email@example.com | South Florida | 10/26/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Livers have put out a few albums since Delusions of Banjer, but this is still my favorite. If you're unfamiliar with these guys, don't be thrown off by the "punk" descriptions that consistently appear in reviews of this band. This music has a straight-up, down-home feel to it through and through. From up-tempo romps to soulful gospel ballads, every tune on this disc will put a smile on your face."
Their Finest and most Consistent Offering
Worgelm | United States | 11/01/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Looking more like a thrash metal biker outfit than a Bluegrass trio (yes, that is a Black Flag sticker on Mark Rubin's bass), The Bad Livers shine on their first release. _Delusions Of Banjer_ is an idiosyncratic, but very much traditional offering from some of the more progressive musicians in the Bluegrass scene. You'll find none of Barnes' brave (and perhaps questionable) electronic excursions here, and although there are a few strange minor-key banjo tunings, its mostly nothing but badass bluegrass. Immensely likable and silly songs like "Sh*t Creek" and "The Adventures Of Pee Pee The Sailor" (replete with oom-pah tuba) do not detract one bit from the strong songwriting going on here. "Better Times" is a neat, almost jazzy example, with some fine harmonizing by nasally Barnes and Rubin, who are the active core of the band. (Are there *any* bluegrass musicians capable of singing without a twang ??) Mournful country ballads like the dark "Pretty Daughter" and "Precious Time" are balanced expertly with flat-out burners like "Uncle Lucius" and especially "Ghost Train", which contains some excellent flatpicking from Mr. Barnes. Since a good number of the better songs in their repertoire can be found here, this is a great introduction to this excellent band, and a great record to introduce neophytes to bluegrass with in general."