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Rust Farm (Daring, 1998)

Rust Farm

Reviewed by George Hauenstein

Chris Moore and John McGann are the driving forces behind Rust Farm, a New England-based, progressive country band blending elements of rock, folk country and bluegrass in a very intriguing and enjoyable way. Moore, mandolinist and lead singer, is responsible for writing the lyrics and the multi-talented McGann provides vocals and instrumental power on guitars and on steel. Jim Whitney on bass and Bill MacGillvray on drums more than adequately round out the band.

"Until I Know Her Name," and "Rose's Bar and Grill," have a very traditional country sound, reminiscent of Buck Owens. Both Moore and McGann really cook on "Belfast," a bluegrassy instrumental a la Bill Monroe. "Six Foot Pine Box" really shows off the bands harmony talents. Other favorites include "Road to Cody" and "Rust Farm Fire." This is roots country music at its best. Rust Farm may never attain the status of Uncle Tupelo or Son Volt, but for one album anyway, they'veshowcased some of the finest music that this genre has to offer.

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