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EXTROVERT opens with the funky, blues-inflected “Tamp ‘Em Up Solid,“ which offers a tongue-in-cheek tip of the hat to the classic “Muleskinner Blues,” and which features mandolinist Joe Walsh on lead vocals. Anger offers a sweet re-imagining of Lennon and McCartney’s “Blackbird,” and guitarist Grant Gordy and newest member, bassist Aidan O’Donnell, get a chance to stretch on the angular “A Real Dragon.” The swinging “Just a Little Loving” gives each soloist a chance to play the perfect instrumental foil to Anger’s fiddlistic flights of fancy and the Anger original “Breaker’s Bakedown” showcases the quartet’s mastery of the fiddle tune tradition. At the end of the day, more than the chops and instrumental prowess on display, it’s the pure joy emanating from Mr. Sun’s music that will keep EXTROVERT on repeat.
“Aside from their instrumental mastery, there is a playfulness to their music that falls somewhere between old time, bluegrass, swing, and what we used to call ‘new acoustic’.” —Bluegrass Today
“Mr. Sun radiates hi-tone improv that will actually drop your jaw. Darol Anger’s Gang of Four is steeped in bluegrass and jazz and swing and everything else under the...Their compositions range from heart-tugging pastorality to the intensity of a solar flare tsunami.” —Tony Trischka