The Greencards

The Brick Album (Darling Secret)

ACL Music Fest Sunday Reviews

The Greencards

The Brick Album (Darling Street)

It's called The Brick Album because the band invited its fan base to donate or "buy a brick" in support of the recording. And yet, the Greencards' fifth disc isn't so much about expanding on the former locals' tricky newgrass folk-pop as it is about digging in the best they can, which is pretty damn good. Instrumental champs without being ostentatious, mandolin player Kym Warner and guitarist Carl Miner stand toe-to-toe with guest mandolin superpicker Sam Bush on evocative set opener "Make It Out West." Then bassist Carol Young offers up "Heart Fixer," a smooth duet with Vince Gill that upends any ideas of hackneyed heartbreakers. Not as adventurous as some of their past work and downright sugary in spots, The Brick Album builds no walls around its down-home picking and singing. (1:20pm, Austin Ventures stage)

***

The 2021-2022 Austin Music Awards Music Poll is underway. Vote now for your favorite bands, venues, and music until January 31.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More The Greencards
Record Reviews
The Greencards

Jim Caligiuri, April 17, 2009

Phases & Stages
The Greencards
Weather and Water (Record Review)

Margaret Moser, July 22, 2005

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Guy Forsyth & Jeska Bailey
Conspirators (Record Review)

Reid Jowers, Sept. 27, 2019

Texas Platters
The Texas Horns
Get Here Quick (Record Review)

Jay Trachtenberg, Sept. 20, 2019

More by Jim Caligiuri
Carrie Elkin’s Life-and-Death Folk
Carrie Elkin’s Life-and-Death Folk
Her father's death and daughter's birth upped the stakes of the singer's finest work

April 14, 2017

SXSW Music Live: Richard Barone Presents Greenwich Village in the Sixties
SXSW Music Live: Richard Barone Presents Greenwich Village in the Sixties
Soft Boys, Youngbloods, Moby Grape, Brian Jones’ grandson, etc.

March 18, 2017

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

The Greencards

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Behind the scenes at The Austin Chronicle

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle