Sunday, April 8, 2012

The Dillards - Wheatstraw Suite

The Dillards were a bluegrass quartet that often incorporated country rock and baroque pop elements into their music, and as a result sounded a lot more like a mix of Rubber Soul-era Beatles (there's a wonderful bluegrass arrangement of "I've Just Seen A Face") and The Flying Burrito Brothers than your traditional bluegrass outfit. Clocking in at just under 28 minutes long, Wheatstraw Suite doesn't leave much room for bullshit, and as every single track on this is gold, it's easy to breeze through this three times in a row without losing interest. I'm listening to this as I write this up, and I really don't understand how this group didn't take off. The sound created on this album should have had massive staying power in pop music in the 60's-70's.


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