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Mark Erelli

Barnstar! - Sit Down! Get Up! Get Out!

cover of Barnstar! - Sit Down! Get Up! Get Out!

released 2015   Signature Sounds

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A local example of that oxymoron, the “sideman supergroup,” Barnstar! — Zachariah Hickman, Charlie Rose, Mark Erelli, and Taylor and Jake Amerding — has released a sophomore record that reveals a continuing fondness for the exclamation point, and for bluegrass-based, genre-bending music filled with jawdropping harmonizing, emotive ensemble playing, and a raucous immediacy. There’s no reverential drawing from the well of tradition here; instead, the band reels off an idiosyncratic string of covers, including a high-test riff on the Hold Steady’s “Sequestered in Memphis,” a harmony-laden version of Cat Stevens’s “Trouble” that drips with weary resignation, and a chugging run-through of the Faces’ “Stay With Me,” complete with a cheeky, shouted addition (“Sit Down! Get Up! Get Out!”). Thanks to Erelli’s pen, there’s some local content as well: a Cape Cod murder ballad (“Barnstable County”), and a moving homage to a Boston country music institution, the late John Lincoln Wright (“Country John”). All told, it’s a record worth exclaiming about.

-Boston Globe


Produced by Zachariah Hickman
Recorded live & mixes by Dan Cardinal at Dimension Sound Studios, Jamaica Plain MA
Assisted by Ariel Bernstein
Mastered by Dave Sinko

Jake Armerding - fiddle, vocals, viola, mandolin (Delta Rose)
Taylor "Old Train" Armerding - mandolin, vocals
Mark Erelli - guitar, vocals
Zachariah Hickman - double bass, vocals, pump organ
Charlie Rose - banjo, vocals, triangle

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