Despite an old-timey sound that wouldn’t have been out of place in the 1930s and 1940s, Oregon-based four-piece The Foghorn Stringband came together in the Pacific Northwest at the same bands like The Decemberists and Blind Pilot were taking flight. And for more than 15 years, The Foghorn Stringband have stayed true to their musical roots.
Latest platter “Devil in the Seat” is the follow-up to 2012’s terrific “Outshine the Sun” and finds the band treading familiar musical turf. Caleb Klauder (mandolin/fiddle), Reeb Williams (guitar), Nadine Landry (upright bass) and Stephen “Sammy” Lind (fiddle/banjo) pick and stomp their way through 16 uniformly enjoyable — and harmony-filled — tunes.
The Foghorn Stringband put their own stamp on a handful of traditionals, including “Stillhouse,” “Old Molly Hare,” “Lost Gal,” “Chicken Reel” and “Paddy on the Turnpike,” and also soar on “Columbus Stockade Blues,” “Longing for a Home,” “90 Miles an Hour” and “Chadwell’s Station.” This one’s sure to give you your old-time music fix. Yee-haw! (Jeffrey Sisk)