The relatively new TIKI PARLOUR label from California is making an impressive impact in the world of Old-Time music, with beautifully made and packaged CDs and DVDs of some of old-time music's finest artists, such as Dan Gellert, David Bragger, and Rafe & Clelia Stefanini. This new release features wonderful music by Molsky, who is one of the finest old time practitioners around today. To start with, Molsky has a great voice and uses it with authority and good taste --there are few today who can match him (listen to OLD VIRGINIA and RED ROCKING CHAIR on this fine 16-track collection). Then, he has the command of several instruments that include fiddle and banjo, where his playing is superb and really stands out. To add a good measure of variety, Molsky adds a couple of top parlor guitar pieces that come off beautifully --BROTHERS & SISTERS and BYE BYE LITTLE GIRL. A few more of the more recognizable tunes are SHELVING ROCK, LAUGHING BOY, FLYING INDIAN and OLD SLEDGE. A feature of TIKI's releases lately has been the inclusion of two discs in each issue --a DVD as well as a CD. The DVD obviously will make it easier for those wanting to learn from Molsky's techniques. And the package comes with a very nice booklet of well written notes, complete with tunings for the instruments. A superb item here --well recommended.
Filmed & Recorded by David Bragger at the Old Time Tiki Parlour.
- WE'LL HAVE A WAY HOEING CORN
- SOLLY'S FAVORITE/OLD SLEDGE