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the Rusticators / Press

“The Rusticators music pours over you like a warm river, all sweet vocals and simple melodies. Sort of folk with lashings of pop. Abbey Linfert and Chris Amsler offer solid and strong songs on this second album. "Journey to War" paints an understandably dark picture of a conflict. Amsler sings it so softly you barely know its subject unless you listen closely. Maybe he's making his point by not raging, it's like he wants our full attention for this tale. "Wicked Ways" is a sinuous groove for Linfert to weave her magic across. She sings from the point of view of an envious woman to her rival. Amsler's being evocative on "Jersey Street" painting images of a town to a soft backing. The jaunty title track speaks of encountering the dead with a sensuous undertone. Linfert sighs "You can be Bogart But I'm stuck being me". Not your everyday lyrical concern, and if you don't pay attention it passes you by. The Rusticators make a point of being subtle and that goes a long way.”

“With "Talking with the Dead", this folk duo composed of Chris Amsler and Abbey Linfert create a retro stew that has enough modern Americana ingredients to seriously spice up the dish. You can feel the effects of the Carpenters or the Mamas and the Papas, but also Sarah Vaughan and Rodney Crowell. The vocal feelings range from haunting to impassioned, joyful to sorrowful, emulating the topical lyrical subjects. The acoustic backdrop is superb and embellishing.”

Mark E. Waterbury - Music Morsels

“And now, for something completely different. The Rusticators are a duo (Abbey Linfert and Chris Amsler) out of Virginia who play brilliant post-Indigo Girls modern American folk-rock with perfect harmonies, great instrumentation, and catchy arrangements. "Talking With The Dead", their latest, is a damned impressive collection of original songs, and shows us that songwriting is NOT dead in this country. This CD is a treasure for those who enjoy folky-rock. All others may think they'll be bored with it. If you're of the latter, however, then I'm sorry for you, because this is truly great music. This is stirring, melodic music that's a great soundtrack for a summer day, and I recommend this to anyone who likes good music of any genre. Open your minds, you damn metal-punk-alternative-whatever heads, and give this a shot. The Heathen Hippy gives it four and a half acoustic strums.”

Taliesin Govannon - Utter Trash