THE JEREMIAHS You And I (independent) Rating: NNN
The second full-length by this local hootenanny-happy quintet is a glowing set of fresh newgrass-tinged country tunes with the cozy familiarity of a back-porch family jam session. Recorded at the Gas Station with Dinner Is Ruined's Dale Morningstar, You And I benefits from thoughtful production that never gets in the way of the Jeremiahs' homespun arrangements, kitchen-sink instrumentation and sweet country crooning. Lady singers Carey West and Cath Campbell harmonize beautifully in a way that reminds me of Freakwater, and the variety of the tunes here - from hands-in-the-air rave-ups to hushed, intimate ballads - results in an artfully balanced whole.
The Jeremiahs play the Country Jubilee #1 at Lula Lounge tonight (Thursday, February 19).