The Greencards are two Aussies and a Brit who got together in Austin just two years ago to play traditional acoustic music together and promptly won the Best New Band at the 2004 Austin Music Awards. They're quite possibly the best band you've never heard of.
The album starts with "The Ghost of Who We Were," a stunningly beautiful, painful song of a marriage gone sour, sung by Carol Young backed by an acoustic guitar and aching viola. Eamon McLaughlin lightens the mood with "Like a Melody," a bright upbeat song of new love. Kym Warner, the band's crack mandolin and bouzouki player, sings "Bordered on a Breakdown," a breakneck mandolin-driven song. The Greencards have succeeded in creating a set of songs that are at once old and familiar, while still feeling new and familiar. Perhaps it's their disparate backgrounds - subtle Irish influences, for instance, lie just below the surface of some of the songs here. They're all well-written and exceptionally performed.
Catch The Greencards this summer touring minor-league baseball stadiums with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. But first catch this album for some of the best acoustic music you're likely to hear.