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Reviewed by Doug Freeman, August 8, 2008, Music

The Shake 'Em Ups

The lo-fi debut from Austin's Shake 'Em Ups unloads an infectious fury of strings, the trio chugging acoustic rhythms braced by banjo, Dobro, mandolin, and Andrew Austin-Petersen's stellar stand-up bass. Fusing old-time, swing, and jazz on solid folk footing, traditionals like "Jesse James" and "Hand Me Down My Walking Cane" mix with the "Six Days on the Road" send-up "School Bus Driver" and blazing instrumentals.


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