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The Hollow Trees – Wacky’s Tackle CD Mini Review

THE HOLLOW TREES “WACKY’S TACKLE”

If you and your kids like your rock-n-roll with a twang, a washboard, upright bass, and a stetson hat, The Hollow Trees 3rd kid’s album “Wacky’s Tackle” might just be the greatest thing you’ll discover this year.

Do you get a tingle up your spine at the thought of a mandolin solo, foot-stomping hootenannies, and a few “ooh la la la”s?  Yeah, me too.  The Hollow Trees deliver all that (and more) on just the 1st three tracks of their new 16-song, 41-minute kindie effort.  In case you hadn’t guessed it yet, this is authentic Americana in look, feel and sound.

The top half of “Wacky’s Tackle” is really superb.  “Free Little Bird” (download for free here) lays delightful male/female vocals atop mandolin work worthy of West Virginia’s Mountain Stage.   It’s a great, great arrangement of a traditional bluegrass tune.  Little Jimmy Dickens’ “I’m Little but I’m Loud” is fuller here with a Dolly Parton-esque vocal performance that’s my favorite of the young year.

Fans of old Avett Brothers discs – I’m talking “Carolina Jubilee” and “Country Was” musically – as well as those of traditional bluegrass a la Doc Watson are likely going to dig what The Hollow Trees are doing out in the southern California sun.

*OWTK received a copy of “Wacky’s Tackle” for review. The opinions expressed above are unbiased and true. No arm-twisting took place in the review process.

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