"...voices that sound as though they were lifted intact from old 78's...sprightly instrumentals are laced with twin fiddling, triple banjos and scintillating twists and turns; all the musicians are excellent."
Richard Harrington (The Washington Post)
Double Decker Stringband has been playing and singing old-time music under that name since 1977. The band's major inspiration comes from vintage recordings of the Southern stringbands who dominated the country music industry in the 1920's and 1930's. All of the members of Double Decker are vocalists and versatile instrumentalists, allowing the band to employ a wide variety of vocal arrangements and instrumental lineups.
This album features that diversity, with a wide range of traditional styles on banjo, guitar, fiddle, and vocals. Sources include the Georgia Yellow Hammers, Carter Brothers and Son, and the Alabama Shieks. Through it all, Double Decker is fresh and playful. Though they are quite fluent in the styles of previous generations, the truly admirable quality of this band and this album is that the music is approachable, authentic, and inventive. Not many contemporary musicians reach a level of comfort within folk music so that they can be creative within the tradition. Double Decker has no trouble, though, in crafting new 'classics,' creating modern treasures that will be enjoyed for years to come.
The band has a storied history that includes appearances at The Smithsonian Institute, the Brandywine Mountain Music Convention, Merlefest, the Library of Congress, and Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion."