On their debut CD, Organically Grown, The Bodhi Brothers offer an eclectic blend of home grown American country, blues and jazz, with a little rock and pop thrown in for extra texture. Their sound is largely acoustic-guitar based, but rounded off by the use of percussion, electric bass and keyboards. Other instruments include the occasional use of an electric guitar, dobro, lap steel guitar, quattro, electric baritone guitar, harmonica, and even a Balinese jaw harp.
The CD's thirteen titles are divided almost evenly between vocal and instrumental tracks, with a bit more leaning toward the instrumental side. The music itself is tastefully and very well played, expressing a wide range of feelings, from the punning humor of "Grocery Girl" and "Pigsville" to the subtle political commentary of "Wiley O' Riley", from the hard-driving "Down the Road" to the somewhat slithery and mysterious "It", from the happy and free-spirited "Movin' Along" to the noir-ish "Dead End", this CD is unique and multi-dimensional with something for just about everyone.
The Bodhi Brothers are a duo comprised of versatile multi-instrumentalists John DeMarco and Christopher Taylor. Jack Lee, veteran of Tracy Nelson's Mother Earth and the Earl Scrugg's Review, provides a tasty third voice to this outstanding production.
Throughout, the music is easy to listen to without being easy-listening; tightly arranged but with a loose, free, and spontaneous feeling. The sound is always clear and well-balanced and not a single note seems wasted or out of place, which is rare in a debut effort.
Even the packaging, featuring original illustrations by Bodhi Brother John DeMarco, is an artful delight