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Locust Honey String Band

Never Let Me Cross Your Mind – 2014 ( Self-released)

Reviewed by Kevin Oliver

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Classic country, old time folk and traditional tunes are the stock in trade of Locust Honey String Band, and like picking a fly out of a jar of sticky, sweet honey, the band's renditions of old standards and their own originals will prove hard to get out of your ears once heard.

Like the South Carolina Broadcasters, Locust Honey String Band is heavy on the female vocals and Carter Family influence. Instrumental tracks, such as "Boogerman," prove they can peel off a fiddle or banjo tune quicker than a Union Grove jam session forms, but the majority of the tracks here are closer to the origins of country music as played by The Carter Family.

A trio led by the voice and guitar/fiddle talents of Chloe Edmonstone, the two- and three-part harmonies on most songs (with Meredith Watson and Hilary Hawke chiming in) are pure Carter Family country; they even do a credible job on a Carters tune, "Righten That Wrong."

The ladies are not afraid to sing some newer material, though it's delivered in the same traditional style. George Jones' "Just One More" gets a mournful waltz treatment, and Kitty Wells' "Whose Shoulder Will You Cry On" is appropriately sassy.

Edmonstone rounds out the covers and traditional fare with a few original compositions, the best of which kicks off the album. "When the Whiskey's Gone" throws all of the trio's strengths into one song - it's a country drinking lyric, played at an old-time tempo, with solo banjo and fiddle breaks framing tight harmonies, that ensures listeners will stick around for more sweet songs like it.