Jim & Jennie and the Pinetops Rivers Roll on By

Rosin’ up the bow and get your hoedown shoes on as Jim & Jennie and the Pinetops take you on a romping good ride on their latest, Rivers Roll on By. This is the duo’s third studio album since their formation in 1998 and features 13 bluegrass barnburners that mix traditional sounds with the swagger of rock’n’roll. Rivers Roll on By — their first release on Chicago’s Bloodshot Records — opens with the chug-a-lug, badass bluegrass holler "Country Boy Rock & Roll.” Right from the outset, the heartfelt harmony and the complementary voices of Jim Krewson and Jennie Benford are in evidence, echoing some of the best high and lonesome duos of the genre’s storied history. For this release, Jim and Jennie collaborated with a group of talented musicians from western North Carolina, resulting in some striking sounds such as the Banjocaster — a new instrument that is capable of sounding like a pedal steel, organ or electric guitar. These pickers mix it up between hurried hoedowns such as the traditional "Walking in My Sleep” and murder ballads such as "Hannah’s Song.” From the fun and playful "Quit Barking at Me” to the tongue-in-cheek "I Know You’re Married But I Love you Still,” Rivers Roll on By offers a little something for all lovers of the music that famed musicologist Alan Lomax once dubbed, "folk music in overdrive.” (Bloodshot)