Montana Slim String Band: Slim Pickins

By: Dennis Cook

A lone mandolin announces their arrival. Like much of the full-length debut from the Montana Slim String Band, it's a classically high lonesome sound adapted to something quite non-Bill Monroe. While the pluck and snap of the instruments harks back to a fine lineage of mountain music and bluegrass, there's subtle modernity to their tales, appealing boy-girl harmonies and nuanced playing. Montana Slim is a direct descendent of fellow S.F. region granddaddies Old And In The Way, and they exude a similar love for good songs played with open feeling and strong sincerity. From the remodeled sea shanty that begins this 11-track song cycle to the speedily picked ode to love's intoxicating fullness that closes the collection, Slim Pickins encapsulates a very pure string band aesthetic that's likely to flip the wig of anyone into Hot Buttered Rum, Chatham County Line and other contemporaries. But like these peers, there's a personal thread stitched into the traditional vibe, a line of color that emerges in pockets and accents that stray off the beaten path. This ain't no "jam-grass" but it's clear there's plenty going on upstairs in this classy, strongly musical ensemble that Mother Maybelle would have loved.

The CD release show for Slim Pickins takes place Friday, March 20 at Cafe du Nord in San Francisco.

[Published on: 3/16/09]

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gabus! starstarstarstarstar Mon 3/16/2009 01:05PM
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nice grass

MSSBFan starstarstarstarstar Mon 3/16/2009 02:15PM
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I hear this CD is gonna be really great! Oh I can't wait for this!!! You all must really take the time to see Montana Slim String Band, you won't be disappointed!

d2wesside starstarstarstarstar Mon 3/16/2009 05:57PM
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Love to listen to the songs available from this CD on their myspace site....can't wait to have a copy in my grubby little hands!!!

DarkStarDan starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/25/2009 01:58PM
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This band is a little different than much of the Blue-grass/jam-band scene that you hear out there. Montana Slim ranges from the very mature, deep and emotional to just plain rollicky fun. I can't believe how much I appreciate their songwriting in this regard. Coming from years of mining Bob Dylan, Robert Hunter, etc., I was surprised by the story-tellers timeless voice relayed through their songs. It was fresh, really caught my ear, and pulled-me-in... I highly recommend this band for anyone who appreciates good songwriting with catchy hooks.


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