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by The Mammals

Old-time traditional folk music has evolved. TRAD IS RAD . . . Fiddle & banjo melodies, haunting ballads, & contemporary lyric-driven songs.
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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1. Way Down The Old Plank Road
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2. House Carpenter/Pipeline
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3. 69 Pleasant St
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4. John Brown's Dream
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5. 1952 Vincent Black Lightning
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6. Lady Margaret
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7. Stairway to the Stars
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8. Wandering Boy
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9. Chinese Irishman
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10. Infinity Medley
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11. Profit
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12. City Never Sleeps
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13. Haircut Money
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14. Industrial Park
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Album Notes
"Evolver" is the first studio album by The Mammals. Their earlier live CD "Born Live" and newer studio CD "Rock That Babe" are also available on CD Baby.

In 2002, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, Michael Merenda, and Ruth Ungar welcomed the recording studio into their living room and collaborated with producer/engineer Max Feldman to create this varied and ground-breaking gem.

Many tracks are sparsely arranged for fiddle, banjo, and guitar. Others incorporate bass, drums and overdubs - a forshadowing of things to come on later recordings.

The vocals are captivating, the music toe-tapping, the songwriting poignant, and the arrangements of traditional and classic songs, "Lady Margaret," "Way Down the Old Plank Road," and "1952 Vincent Black Lightning" overflow with energy and originality.

Guest musicians on this CD include: Lyn Hardy, Aoife O'Donovan, Jay Ungar, Molly Mason, Ken Maiuri, Sarah Lee Guthrie, and Johnny Irion.

The current Mammals quintet tours internationally and features Jacob Silver on bass and Chris Merenda on drums.

Over the years, the band has continued to create a strongly grounded acoustic sound that is beautiful, energized, and raw - preserving the timeless appeal of American roots music.

"The Mammals play old-time stringband music the way Jack Kerouac wrote novels - with an abandon born of a deep understanding of structure and form. Their sound is wild, mirthful, and masterful." - Scott Alarik, Boston Globe


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T-Bird the Michigander

The Mammals Rock!
Saw the Mammals at Wheatland Music festival 2 years in a row and the 2nd year I bought Rock that Babe.... I wanted all but could only afford 1 and just now got the rest.... Did I mention I am in love? I cant get enough! this is a good fix for now, but than what? Where do I go? What do I do? Shew! I heard there in studio right now! Im saved! I recomend any Mammals material! Great Real Music! TRAD IS RAD!


Right on!
Saw The Mammals live in Flagstaff, AZ...what an awesome group...the CD does them justice. Great music, great CD! Glad I bought the CD.


It always puts me on the crest of a thrill
Love you guys , just couldn't get enough at Woodford Festival. Ruth's voice to be drank like honey. Love the lot, the subversive view for our times, the celebrating rebellion of love

Carolyn Locke

Fantastic mix of traditional and original songwriting.
This CD contains a wonderful balance of rollicking instrumentals and beautifully harmonious voices. The mix of traditional folk songs with original songwriting gives the listener this kind of music at its best.

delilah from Full Frontal Folk

My new favorite CD :-)
I love the way the Mammals continue to help expand the definition of "folk" music with their latest CD, Evolver. This CD certainly proves the point that the music is still evolving. This CD kept me company on a LONG ride from Nashville to Philadelphia and I never got tired of listening to it.... I'm already looking forward to the next one :-)

Micah Solomon

Folkin Great!
Great takes on ultra-traditional ballads (now uptempo folk-rockers), well-picked cover tunes, and originals.

Listening to this CD is the most fun I've had in my car in awhile.

doc mongoose

Foots a tappin ,knees a bouncin, flowin flowin like a fountain
Damn! I could use this here cd to jump start my diesel on mornin when it's 30 below.It's just that hot.Damn! Hot Damn! Double Damn!Yikes it's the gotta have it Get it Get it Now kinda cd.


Good... but not as good as live
I got the CD after enjoying a live concert. The concert was great but the CD sounded a little hollow compared to the live sound. Turning up the bass helped some.
I was also hoping for more of the intense and fast fiddle and banjo, but instead found more slower songs than I would have liked. All in all it's still very enjoyable.

Sarah Morgan

teacher gives it an A+
Of the modern folk albums out there, EVOLVER is surely one of the few which will be listened to by the next generation of folkies. This album has astonishing instrumentals and insightful lyrics which recapture the satrical commentary of earlier folk artists. As a teacher, I'm encouraged to find music which carries on the traditions of the people that I teach about which I can actually recommend to my students (junior highers) as something to which they'll enjoy listening.


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