Wednesday, May 14, 2008

now playing: Tammerlin: No Small Thing

No Small Thing

“It’s all about evolution,” Lee Hunter says. “Music has never stayed in one place and it’s not going to.” She should know -- as one half of the duo Tammerlin, the north Florida based artist makes music that crosses borders between folk, rock, tradition, contemporary, country, Celtic, ballad and rocker, and back again. The good thing about this that she and her partner, Arvid Smith, do all this musical traveling while keeping a strong presence and vision of who they are and what they have to say. That makes for quality original music and interesting takes on the material, traditional and contemporary, which they choose to cover.

On their latest album, No Small Thing, the music includes nine originals from Hunter, ranging from the meditative and instrumentally vivid opener, Autumn ReFrain, to the sea and love story Farewell and Shore and the atmospheric Meet Me In New Orleans. There’s Smith’s original instrument al Crosscurrents, on which he plays both twelve string guitar and sitar. Covers include a folk blues tinged take on Steve Winwood’s Can’t Find My Way Home and a visit to the English ballad tradition with I Once Loved a Lass. Smith leads the instrumental support to Hunter’s voice, all making a connection that really works and serves the stories of the the songs and the journey of the album as a whole. Peter Winter engineered the project, and Darol Anger and Joe Craven are among those who sit in. Tammerlin have shared stage with Emmylou Harris, Dar Williams, Doc Watson, and Pierce Pettis, none of which will surprise you when you hear them. And hear them you should.

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