Most people unfamiliar with bluegrass tend to lump it all into one generic sound, when in fact it has as many subgenres as more popular forms like rock or R&B. There's slick newgrass, gospel bluegrass, traditional mountain grass and more. Though they hail from the non-rural environs of New York City, Copper Kettle's sound is definitely on the more traditional side of bluegrass with more than a few similarities to Del McCoury, especially in the vocals.
The quartet's second CD continues in their all-original songwriting style. They are not flashy instrumentally, which puts more pressure on the songs themselves to hold a listener's interest. Thankfully mandolinist Fred Skellenger has come up with some credible-sounding murder ballads and story songs like, "Mourning Sun," "Wicked Heart" and the swinging, "Black Crow Blues," which pay tribute to their traditional bluegrass and old-time influences without trivializing them into vaudevillian caricatures.