No Candy by The Vine Brothers

Reviewed by Harry Kaplan

This is really entertaining. It is a conglomeration of musical styles. It is called folk, but folk sells it short. It is a little country, a little vaudeville, a little blues, a little swing, and a little gypsy music. I think that clears it up pretty good. Well, you will just have to listen for yourself to see what I mean. The Vine Brothers are a trio and from what I can tell, they are not related. You’ve got Greg Bucking on guitar from Jefferson, NY; Joe Credit III on mandolin from Deale, MD (yeah Deale!!!); and Garrett Jones on bass from Fayetteville, AR. If these guys are brothers as the name suggests, they have a very fragmented family. I am inclined to believe that they are not really brothers.

So on to the music…. Extremely talented musicians that float flawlessly from style to style. Again, they do it in such a manner as to create their own sound and genre, Gypsycore. Well, if the Vine Brothers like that name, they can use it. I must say, my favorite track is A Little More Something (Track 3). It is a funky number that I can hardly believe is played with all acoustic instruments. There is drums on this track, but, I can’t hear anything electric. They really create a rich sound and a great groove which is a testament to their talent and fine playing. The Box (Track 6) is another fine number that delves into salsa and Latin music. It is a very catchy tune. Great album from opening to close. They have made it quite easy to obtain a copy. You can go right to their website and listen and order.


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