When you think Appalachian mountain music you don't think of it having drums and you probably don't think of it coming out of New London, CT...well maybe you should start.
The Can Kickers play the most unlikely music from one of the most unlikely places. When you listen to any of their material you might immediately assume that they emerged from some back woods hill country hamlet in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains. Nope. But as they explained to me in an interview I did with them in an upcoming episode of Chip's Unnamed Local Band Show that's probably a good thing. Because the next thing you notice is not only the use of a full drum kit (which traditionalist would have a heart attack over) but that the songs often times take on a punk rock edge to them.
This album in particular, originally released in 2003, is the perfect mesh of bluegrass, early Americana/folk, punk and even rockabilly. The songs are danceable, fun and full of energy and history. Picture a band like Old Crow Medicine Show backed by a drummer and that's pretty much what you've got here. Whether you are a traditionalist or not if you are a fan of any type of "olde time" music you need to check this band out immediately.