BY JOHN B. MOORE
When it seems like every other band is tossing on a vest, wool pants and There Will be Blood boots and playing up their bluegrass bona fides to jump on the coattails of Mumford & Sons, it’s pretty refreshing to hear a band that actually has a genuine appreciation for the genre – a hybrid of Americana/folk and bluegrass.
Devil in Here, the third full length from the Raleigh, NC-based Jack The Radio, was recorded live, with a three-piece string section, in front of two sold out hometown crowds. The result is a remarkably beautiful collection of a dozen songs that recalls everyone from the Jayhawks to The Avett Brothers.
The decision to add strings – two cellists and a violinist – brings an entirely new element to the band’s mellow back porch, rustic sound. If anything, they may have cemented the need to add the strings in for all future recordings.
The album also comes with a DVD documenting the recordings.
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