Occasional member Dave Mayfield fuses mandolin and banjo with the usual lineup of guitarists John Welton and Sean Jenkins, bassist Andy Shepherd, and drummer Erin Sullivan. He's a tasty addition, as evidenced on the fleet, fluid choruses he trades with Jenkins on the leadoff track, "Redwood." Though the bass is a tad underrepresented in the mix, the continuously crisp play of the rhythm section is key to the band's sound. Welton's scruffy, congenial vocals are tailor-made for the laid-back festival atmosphere in which the jam-band aesthetic was born. Hot stuff.
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