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Folk Uke - Folk Uke
4 stars (out of 5 stars)
Reviewed: Mar. 3, 2006
Folk Uke

Review by Andy Argyrakis

The moniker of indie act Folk Uke would naturally imply the genre is prominently featured within its eight-track CD, but then again, that's only part of the picture. Besides the obvious folk flavor to the disc, auras of Americana, roots rock and country are supplied in liberal doses. However, another point of equal attraction comes on the lyrical front, which runs the gamut of irreverent, hysterical and introspective from the mouths of members Cathy Guthrie and Amy Nelson. As one ponders where they might know those last names from, these are indeed the respective offspring of Arlo Guthrie and Willie Nelson, but don't led that esteemed lineage overshadow the duo's obvious talents.

They begin that demonstration with the sweetly sung 20s standard "Tonight You Belong To Me," before exploring original material, such as the pretty harmonies throughout "Fences," delicate sensitivity within "Try To Say Goodbye" and the downright rebellious (and comically raunchy) "Mother****** Got F***** Up." Aside from these modern expressions, the pair also dips back to the late 1950s to tip their hats towards Johnny Cash and his co-writer Roy Cash, Jr. for "I Still Miss Someone."

And for those wondering if their famous dads creep into the picture, they assume several roles including solos, guitar dueling and guest vocals. The four member daddy/daughter connection teams up on "Shit Makes the Flowers Grow" (which they performed together during December's "Ridin' on the City of New Orleans" tour finale) along with several other instances on their own. Willie's supporting vocals and lead guitar further spice up "Knock Me Up," as does Arlo's lead guitar on "In Case We Die." But these are just added bonuses from an otherwise excellent outpouring from these girls with guitars, signaling a very bright future for Folk Uke likely to break the mold of many musical and songwriting styles.

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