The Old Farmer’s Mill
Recorded / Mixed / Mastered at Windmill Agency, Mt. Cobb, PA by: Eric Ritter
Produced by: Cabinet & Eric Ritter
Bluegrass music and Pennsylvania might not necessarily go together, but maybe that’s going to change if Cabinet has anything to say about it. While the six-piece band doesn’t qualify as bluegrass in the Bill Monroe or Flatt & Scruggs sense of the word, there’s definitely an acoustic influence throughout their impressive self-titled album. Take “Old Farmers’ Mill,” for instance — the song features some fancy fiddle licks from Todd Kopec that will leave you entertained, while the brisk rhythm will definitely get your toes tapping. There’s plenty of tempo here, such as the fresh and wide-open sounding “Tower,” and the driving “The One,” which is probably one of the most old-school-sounding songs here. The band fares best when they take a ’70s pop approach to their music, like they do on the enchanting “Elizabeth,” which sounds like it might have been inspired by an equal dose of Poco or America. The banjo playing from Pappy Biondo, while great throughout, really takes center stage on this standout tune. Hats off to the whole band — including mandolin player J.P. Biondo, guitarist Mickey Coviello, bassist Dylan Skursky, and drummer Jami Novak — for putting together an album that fuses influences from the Osborne Brothers to Poco and everything in between.
(By Chuck Dauphin, LimeWire Store)