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ACL Fest 2015 Sunday Record Reviews – Second Weekend

Reviewed by Doug Freeman, October 9, 2015, Music

Every few years, a string band sneaks out of NYC, and occasionally even rises above the level of novelty. Spirit Family Reunion's sophomore offering sometimes still smacks of schtick (see "Fill My Heart With Love"), but the sextet plies an authentic energy with an eye toward Appalachia. "Wake Up, Rounder!" opens amid racing banjos and yelps, and the trad gospel influences in "It Does Not Bother Me" and slow-plucked "How I Long to Take That Ride" stand out. Maggie Carson's twang rings true on "Once Again," though the stomp & hollers can strike a touch specious. (2:30pm, BMI stage)

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