Preview Jump In by The Railsplitters.
Jump In by The Railsplitters
The Railsplitters, from Boulder, release their third album, called Jump In, shortly. This is their fifth year together and they have come together after paying their dues and learning their trade in various groups before finding each other in Colorado. They describe themselves as ‘enthusiastically bluegrass and contagiously so’. I think I can sign up to that. This five piece (guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle and upright bass) certainly rock and propel ten original compositions with a number of influences including Bluegrass, Celtic folk, Jazz Swing, Country and I’m sure I also got a 1930’s Hot Club de Paris vibe along the way!
Superb and intricate musicianship grabs you from the start. The band can play beautifully and the arrangements are unfailing lifting and crafted.
“Everyone She Meets” opens the album and the formula of Lauren Stovell’s sensational voice takes the lead with the band weaving absorbing patterns behind her. “Jump In’ has cascading harmonies that compliment her lead.
“Lessons I’ve Learned” is a summary of the disappointment from a lover’s neglect that led to her ‘walking out the door’. “To Do’ has the band create a string driven rhythm whilst Lauren Stovell’s mellifluous tones captivate. Whilst she has her own voice then there is a Lily Allen vibrato and pureness. This is evident on “Somethin’ Sweet” where Stovell repels advances from a potential suitor with a gentle calmness. The band knits together well and various solos throughout tell you that each member of the band gets to contribute to the composition.
There are a couple of instrumentals that give the album a folk feel albeit underpinned by a banjo rhythm. “Citronella” allows the newest member of the band, bassist Jean-Luc Davis, to start affairs before the ensemble add their solos, not least from Joe D'Esposito on violin and Pete Sharpe on mandolin. “Lemon Lime” passes the main vocal duties to Dusty Rider (banjo) who’s later joined by Stovell.
Despite being a couple of albums into their career, you still get the impression that this is still a brilliant adventure for all involved. Their albums are funded through Kickstarter and incentives for those chipping in $50 included some of Lauren’s hand salve and lip balm! If you’re funding your third album then you must be confident that there is a lot of love out there. These guys are really trying hard and judging by the talent on show it is a labour of love.
There is a swing to the whole album. For those who catch them live, including a trip to the UK in 2018, then some words of advice – take your dancing shoes.