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ReviewShine Wednesday: Magnolia Mountain & The Rubber Knife Gang

Posted in Magnolia Mountain, Rubber Knife Gang on September 22, 2010 by AmericanaPulse

Every Wednesday, I feature a brief review of at least one album that has been submitted to me through the ReviewShine website. I have cleverly titled this recurring segment “ReviewShine Wednesday.


Today, in honor of my Cincinnati Reds… a team on the verge of making the Major League playoffs for the first time since 1995… we’re featuring bands from the Queen City on the Ohio River.


We start with Magnolia Mountain, a band that blends a little bit of a classic country sound with traditional string band elements yet somehow spins the whole thing into something modern and slightly askew.  On their second album, Redbird Green, front man Mark Utley is joined by a full cast of seven other musicians (including Jordan Neff and Amber Nash from Shiny & The Spoon) rip and  stomp through 17 tracks in an eclectic blend of Americana influences that can include gospel, blues, and even zydeco on different tracks.  The song I’m featuring here, “Like Any Other,” is born more from alt-country than anything else and features some nice harmonies.

Magnolia Mountain: Like Any Other (Buy Album)

Our second band today is a three piece bluegrass/string band outfit called The Rubber Knife Gang.  Unlike their namesake novelty cutlery, this band brings a sharp edge to their sound that was honed through countless weekend jam sessions.  In fact, this album has the feel of one of those back porch picking sessions… even though it was recorded in the heart of downtown Cincy.  We’ve had some of The Rubber Knife Gang’s music in rotation at WDVX for a while now, and I just know we’ll have to add them again now that they have a song like “Tennessee Mountain Girl” in their catalogue.

The Rubber Knife Gang: Tennessee Mountain Girl (Buy Album)