Adrian + Meredith - More Than a Little
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More Than a Little (Self-released, 2016)

Adrian + Meredith

Reviewed by Kate Everson

His name was Adrian, and he was Detroit-born rocker. Her name was Meredith, and she was an Ann Arbor, Mich. fiddler and clog-dancer. After meeting at a show in Washington, D.C., not only did they eventually become the married Krygowskis, but also the experimental Adrian + Meredith.

Their debut, "More Than a Little" is a veritable game of mix and match, putting modern rock lyrics to old school blues tunes on some tracks and blending country twang fiddle with punk attitude on others. But rarely do any of these combinations clash - rather, they show off the versatility of the genres explored and of the expedition group itself.

That's because Adrian + Meredith is more than, well, Adrian and Meredith. Fats Kaplin, who's played banjo for Beck and toured with Jack White, brings a hard rock sound to tracks like "Take a Boat" and "Get What She Wants." J.D. Wilkes of the experimental rockabilly Legendary Shack Shakers and pedal steeler Paul Niehaus, whose résumé includes gigs with Justin Townes Earle and Iron + Wine, also bring eclectic experience to the team on more traditional country tunes like "Greasy Coat + Kitchen Girl," which includes Meredith's rough vocals along with her husband's twang.

Accompanying the mash-up of genres are lyrics that carry over Adrian's punk rock roots. "They told me to sit back and wait for the other careers to blossom and take, for the other rock stars to graduate, and oh me that ain't my style," he sings on "Birthday Cakes." On "Bank," lyrics rattle so fast that they could easily fit over screaming guitars instead of the chug-chug beat held together with sweeping strings.

The album paces itself, though. The sweet "Old Midwestern Tune" pays homage to the prairie lullaby, with Adrian's voice crooning quietly. "Hero" has more passion but offers a waltz-like slow dance that offers a break between two foot-stomping tracks.

Those looking for consistent folk sound won't find it on "More Than Enough," but with the variety presented among the tracks, they'll find something to love about the dice-roll mix of sounds, tunes and musicians.

CDs by Adrian + Meredith

More Than a Little, 2016

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