New York City isn’t the first town that comes to mind when I think of rootsy music, but Big Apple-based collective Spirit Family Reunion have spent the past few years making me rethink that stance. The quintet blew me away with their 2012 debut album “No Separation” and they continue to impress on twangy sophomore slab “Hands Together.”
Mixing elements of country, folk, bluegrass and a touch of rockabilly into a tasty sonic stew, Spirit Family Reunion shine bright on the 12-track, 45-minute release. It’s easy to see why the young band already has earned supporting tour slots with the likes of Alabama Shakes, The Tedeschi-Trucks Band, Dr. Dog, The Felice Brothers and Blitzen Trapper. Unfortunately their current tour won’t bring them any closer to Pittsburgh than Cleveland, but hopefully they’ll visit the Iron City soon.
Spirited opener “Wake Up, Rounder!” sets the tone for “Hands Together,” and SFR also deliver keepers in “It Does Not Bother Me,” “Skillet Good and Greasy,” “Put Your Hands Together When You Spin the Wheel,” the R-rated “Wait for Me,” “Don’t Be a Liar,” “All the Way Back Home” and “Nighttime in Nevada.” Enjoy, y’all. (Jeffrey Sisk)