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“I can always be confident that I will love anything that the Northwest Folklife Festival puts out. ... It's not even folk, seeing as it includes the all-out soul of Wheedle's Groove and the modern singer-songwriter neo-blues of Carl Tosten. If I had to group all of these tracks into a genre, I could assign no narrower category than "human music." From the high-octane bluegrass of Nell Robinson with John Reischman & The Jaybirds to the Balkan accordion of Mary Sherhart & Michael Lawson, from the Latin groove of Picoso to the wild jug-punk rendition of the old poem "Who Killed Cock Robin" by Spoonshine, this CD tries to cram in everything.”
“The best things about the annual Northwest Folklife Festival are the crazy juxtapositions of music genres. No other festival can give you reggae, taiko drumming, old-time stringbands, indie rock, Zimbabwean marimba, and underground hip-hop on the same stage on the same day, one after the other. ... As in the making of any good mixtape, the tracks meld together despite the wildly disparate genres. ... It's a wild ride, and like the festival itself, you never know where this album is going to take you next.”