The Cousin Lovers - Your Therefore Experience
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Your Therefore Experience (Therefore, 1999)

The Cousin Lovers

Reviewed by Eric Zehnbauer

Although they hail from Los Angeles, the members of The Cousin Lovers arrived in L.A. from all corners of the U.S. (Georgia, Texas, Kentucky, etc.). Led by songwriter/vocalist Tim Ferguson, The Cousin Lovers have released a strong debut.

The music transports the listener to a back porch in Appalachia for a country/bluegrass jam session, although the bluegrass may be more properly called "alt.-bluegrass." Aside from the better known bluegrass greats such as Ricky Skaggs, Union Station, et al., The Cousin Lovers play some of the best bluegrass put to record in some time.

Highlighted by great fiddle work from Craig Eastman and the mandolin playing of lead vocalist Ferguson, who recalls Wade Hayes, the album also features great multi-part vocal harmonies. However, the best tracks are the two instrumentals, "Penetration" and "Brummy & Highball," the latter a live track. On these tunes, the band really get a chance to display their musical prowess. Both are intoxicatingly energetic, causing listeners to clap and stomp their feet along as they share the joyous experience that the musicians must be feeling. (Therefore, Box 691926, Franklin, TN 37068-1926)




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