Positive Reviews for Lonesome Garbage Man
We’re pleased to say the general reaction to Lonesome Garbage Man has been really positive! We thought you’d like it! Check out Bluegrass Today’s review of our new album, and also see below for what others are saying. You can buy our CD here, or of course at any of our shows.
Windy Hill has an obvious appreciation and enthusiasm for the “old school” Bluegrass sound. The opening track featuring Ryan Breen’s driving banjo says it all: this is not modern new grass americana, this is hard-driving ’50s Jimmy Martin influenced BLUEGRASS! Windy Hill band members wrote all but two tracks on this, their second album, and they are keeping the lyrical style and content of these songs faithfully in the same vein. The tunes are crisp, concise and in the pocket. These guys can pick!
Gopher In The Pumpkin Patch! Yay!”
From the hills and hollers of the San Francisco Bay Area comes a powerful blast of traditional bluegrass from Windy Hill. The original material on “Lonesome Garbage Man” is what grabs you first. This project is chock full of old-sounding songs and instrumentals that touch upon eternal bluegrass verities. The band sings and plays it just right, sounding as if they just came out of WCYB’s Farm and Fun Time morning radio show in Bristol, Virginia opening for the Stanley Brothers. At a time when you can have as many kinds of bluegrass as there are coffee choices at your local café, Windy Hill’s brand of bluegrass is straight up, with no sugar or cream add and enough of a jolt to keep you wide awake into next week.”
I counted the years I’ve been listening to Bay Area bluegrass and West Coast bluegrass in general — it adds up to about 55 – and this band of young urbanites is the first I’ve heard to truly evoke a certain traditional strain of the music I might characterize briefly as firmly within the “Stanley Bros./Red Allen spectrum.” But with their collective originality they go beyond that and the other kinds of “industrial-strength honkytonk barroom bluegrass” the members obviously love. Yes, you can say this is youthful “California bluegrass” – but with a very special twist you won’t hear anywhere else.”