But the artists here, like a liberating army, refrain from ransacking the genre along the way. The Waco Brothers flaunt their storied political incorrectness, letting the blood flow on "The Fox," but a glowing melody and graceful lyrics elevate the traditional jig's carnage into poetry. And while a few cuts, such as the Asylum Street Spankers' hyperactive version of "My Own Grandpa," take the mission to enliven the songs a bit too far, these exceptions don't upset the disc's balance of cheek and charm. And the accompanying booklet's drawings and paintings are even more winsome: They're rendered by the kids of musicians on the album, and none of them have yet hit "the big one-oh."
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at [email protected].
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.
Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.