Way up yonder in that hilly land of clearcuts and crusties, old-time music is alive and kicking. The latest kick-act oldtime band to emerge from Oregon is The Water Tower Bucket Boys. Josh Rabie (fiddle, guitar, banjo, vocals) was kind enough to send Fiddlefreak a promo copy of their new DIY project titled Catfish on the Line, a rambunctious ramble through classic bluegrass, old-time country, and ornery originals. Comparisons to Old Crow Medicine Show are inevitable here, and I mean that as a compliment. These boys rock out on fiddle (Josh), banjo (Cory), guitar (Kenny), and bass fiddle (Walter).
“We have been together for three or four years now, in various configurations. Started out as a bluegrass band, and became an old time stringband somewhere along the way, and now–we have identity issues! We’re all 22 now except for Walter; all students or ex-students of UO in Eugene, and we cut our teeth in the Portland old-time scene and out at the Weiser Fiddle Festival.”
Never mind the rough edge of this music: that’s a feature, not a bug. I wouldn’t change a thing, boys. Here is a great original song and a video of a well-known old-time fiddle tune from the Water Tower Bucket Boys. Put on yer dancin’ shoes!
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