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September 1999

Tony Trischka Band
Bend
Rounder

If you assume that a banjo-plucking frontman could only possibly offer country or perhaps bluegrass stylings, listening to the mind-numbingly creative work of the Tony Trischka Band on the aptly titled Bend (73:21) will make you think again. The impossibly fleet-fingered stylist dips into nearly every genre but the country-side, sparking a joyful '70s rock retro tone on "Feed the Horse," cascading in art rock/fusion-styled riffs and licks through "Steam/Foam of the Ancient Lake," which resonates with snaking guitar wails. Where the Latin-wrought "Bandore" is taut and tight, like the telling of a dark romantic legend, "Canary" struts with blues-rock abandon. Throughout, Trischka demonstrates twisted, dazzling fingerwork in a variety of tricky timings. Armed with a supporting cast to keep up with the chase on frenetic rippers like the wild "First Steps," Trischka's remarkable Bend from the traditional will leave listeners breathless.

Originally published in September 1999
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