Big Al Hall hails from that hillbilly heaven found stretching between western Virginia and North Carolina. It should come as no surprise that this was also the home of the great Charlie Poole. This was the original west, and for those who have spent anytime there would be forgiven to think it still an outland of sorts. Now Big Al has drunk from the well. He is true vine. This is no collegiate foray into the study of Old Time music, but a vibrant, hip shakin’ thing that makes me want to pop tops and stomp my feet.
I love how interchangeable the music is for these guys. Folk music has always had an add your own, borrow that, steal this looseness about it, and never is that more prevalent than on this disc. The whole thing ends up being a old time mash up of good songs, and good times and after having lived in the monotony of prim and proper renderings of tradition and all the trimmings for too long, it’s nice to hear a more or less straight ahead party record.