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‘I Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry’ from Finnders and Youngberg

(September 13, 2013)

During the mid-eighties I lived in Colorado Springs - and I still miss it. This music brought those days back in a rush. ‘I Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry’ the new EP from Finnders and Finnders and YoungbergYoungberg leads you through the pure and essential essences of folk, bluegrass and country with faultless harmonies and stylish musicianship. There’s no sense of ‘will I’ – ‘won’t I?’ You’re going to love this from the first time you hear it. And you should expect these infectious melodies to revolve around your head long after the music finishes.

This collection of original songs tell strong-messaged tales that demand involvement. From Mike’s edgy, insistent vocals to Erin’s luscious, emotive voice, ‘I Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry’ lays down poignant narratives that simply cannot fail to engage. Aaron’s mournful pedal steel soaks the atmosphere with feeling, while Ryan and Rich weave intricate fiddle and mandolin webs to catch your ears.

The superb introduction, ‘Diner’ drives home a story powerful enough to make you think hard about looking back and ‘life as it is lived’, and if you’ve ever found yourself far from home ‘Lonely Too Long’ hits the heart in an instant with a passionate melody and harmonies to die for. By contrast, ‘Hey Ramona’ is a sure-fire toe tapper - impressively, vibrant and fairly rattles along. And if you can listen to the title track without getting a lump in your throat then your compassion is hidden far too deep for your own good.

Finnders and Youngberg are Mike Finders (guitar, vocals) Erin Youngberg (bass, vocals) Ryan Drickey (fiddle) Rich Zimmerman (mandolin) and Aaron Youngberg (banjo, pedal steel) and you can buy their EP here: www.cdbaby.com/cd/finndersandyoungberg. If this is the appetiser I can't wait for the main course.

‘I Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry’ makes me wish I was back on Monument Valley trails but I guess I’ll just wait until Finnders and Youngberg come to the UK, shoot the breeze with them and recall my time in the Centennial State.

Reviewer: Tom Franks

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