There aren’t any curveballs in their “Sally Ann/Rye Straw” traditional medley to close the album, though. This is old-school, like Clayton McMichen on the fiddle in the 1920s. It might get you thinking about the medley with “Sail Away Ladies” at its heart that the Mammals featured late on their excellent Evolver, too. At 3:52 and the kind of pace Tricky Britches drive it, you’re damn near exhausted by its finish. (If you like what they’re up to here, you might want to check out Mark O’Connor’s “New Nashville Cats” while you’re at it.)
Similarly, Besette isn’t far from Merle Travis in his “Fish in the Sea,” which is a mash-up of “Nine Pound Hammer” and “I’m Just a Used-to-Be to You,” the latter of which can be found with Maine’s own Roland White on the front at the Station Inn in Nashville on YouTube. “I’m always in the best company,” Besette sings, and, considering the varied pillars of stringband music these guys call to mind, they’ll get no arguments from me.
Good Company | Released by Tricky Britches | with Tall Heights + the Ghost of Paul Revere | at One Longfellow Square, in Portland | May 11 | trickybritches.com
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