"Now here is something unique - traditional music with a new heart and approach. Though their music may be classified as "old time", their spirit is youthful and different. Once you hear Jubal's Kin, you never forget them."
John Carter Cash
"I love the clarity and honesty of their singing, and their playing is sweet, solid and sounds just great. I'm excited about this CD and so pleased they invited me to participate!"
The distinctively spare sound is grounded in a love for what can only be called the pure and real, at once embracing both a strong roots tradition and a fresh take on acoustic folk. At live shows or in the studio, a seemingly new subgenre is created, their songs displaying raw emotion – vulnerable and unassuming – with handcrafted spins that creak and stomp like a wooden dance floor.
On Jubal's Kin, the self-titled debut from the Florida based duo, brother and sister, Roger and Gailanne Amundsen establish a new benchmark for the rising generation of roots musicians. Sonically anchored by Roger on acoustic guitar, a three time Florida Old-Time Music Championship winner, and Gailanne, the current Florida & Tennessee Grand Champion Old Time Fiddler, on fiddle and clawhammer banjo, with brother Jeffrey recently joining them to hold down the groove on acoustic bass. Jubal's Kin is an eclectic blend of rompin' old time, bluegrass punch, neo-folk covers and soul tugging originals. Through distinct harmonies that weave between tight, haunting originals and high-energy melodies alike, Jubal's Kin is a tasteful mix of traditional and progressive acoustic music. The duo is making their mark by straddling stark indie folk and gritty old-time, and the album finds this compromise with great success.
The group’s debut CD was recorded and co-produced by Erick Jaskowiak at Compass Studios in Nashville. Jaskowiak has worked with some of the most talented progressive groups in acoustic music and otherwise, including Crooked Still, Bearfoot, Alison Brown, Bruce Molsky, The Chieftains with Alison Krauss, and with artists on the Cold Mountain soundtrack.
Joined by upright bass virtuoso Byron House (Robert Plant, Sam Bush Band, Emmylou Harris) and guest banjoist Luke Richardson, the album will be officially released on April 14, 2010. It consists of a unique blend of earthy roots music, trads and originals with some select covers - songs from Patty Griffin, Gillian Welch, Dolly Parton, and The Decemberists.
Building upon the release of this debut record, Jubal’s Kin is bursting into the music scene and, with the Summer 2010 tour, will be bringing to the table a fresh joy of music and a green banana.
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Official band website: www.jubals-kin.com