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CD REVIEW: Earl Musick and Mark Merritt - Woodshed'n
By Don Sechelski - 08/20/2008 - 09:10 PM EDT

Artist: Earl Musick and Mark Merritt
Album: Woodshed'n
Label: Reload Record Co
Website: http://www.reloadrecordcompany.com
Genre: Americana, Folk, Acoustic
Sounds Like: Old And In The Way
Technical Grade: 9/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 9/10
Overall Talent Level: 9/10
Songwriting Skills: 6/10
Performance Skill: 9/10
CD Review:

Woodshed'n is the new release from Texas musicians Earl Musick and Mark Merritt. Born from impromptu jam sessions while working as studio musicians, the CD was recorded live in the lobby of the studio to capture the jam session feel. It works. The music feels live and spontaneous. Musick, on guitar and vocal, and Merritt on guitar, mandolin and vocals are joined by Darlina Musick on percussion and background vocals, Mick Morrow on bass and background vocals, Dave Pendley on brush snare and porchboard, and Ron Merritt on background vocals.

The songs are pure Americana and reminiscent of the work done by Jerry Garcia and David Grisman with Old And In The Way. Musick and Merrick share songwriting credits with a variety of co writers including some of the side players. The playing is flawless and the harmonies are sweet. It's apparent that these guys have been playing together for a while.

If you're a fan of old time music with a Jerry Garcia flavor, check out Woodshed'n. You won't be disappointed.




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