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The Twilite Broadcasters / Press

“Besides the fact that this album contains really good music, it's an interesting exposition on the development of a certain strain of country music, the close male duet. The CD makes the listener ponder how that style grew out of classic oldtime music and continually resurfaced in the genres that sprang out of that era, influencing everyone from the Osbornes to the Everly Brothers. If you're an early- Golden Era purist purist for whom the Delmore Brothers represent a bridge too far, don't balk when you see the song list with pieces credited to Buck Owens and Don Rich or the Everlys. Evening Shade is remarkably consistent in its application of a straightforward, old-time feel to even the most honky-tonk material, so the more modern country material here will appeal to orthophonic-accustomed ears. And if you're already a fan of the broad sweep of country duet styles, you'll certainly like this album. ”

“Indeed, there’s currency in Tanner and Jackson’s aesthetic. Instead of producing a strict retro-shtick, they’ve distilled what’s universal about this old-time tradition. The close-harmony/brother-duets style, you see, didn’t just die off; it was sucked into mainstream country and pop music. Whenever you hear tight, soaring vocal work — everybody from the Everlys and the Osbornes to the Byrds and Big Star — you’re hearing the descendants of those first-generation groups mentioned above.”

“The duo sings both happy and sad songs, but always with a sweetness that expresses the sheer joy of harmonizing. Accompanied by guitar (Jackson), mandolin and fiddle (both Tanner), the arrangements are simpler than a string band’s, with the guitar keeping time and the mandolin vamping before stepping out for relaxed solos. The instruments provide a platform for the voices, rather than racing to the front of the stage.”

“ it’s honest, it’s diverting and you can feel the devotion of the musicians to the music they make. This is music history revealed and respawned in the most pleasurable manner one can think of. All the beauty that lies in classical American roots music can be found in these 40+ minutes.”

“The vocals, tight-harmonies, and musicianship are second to none. The result is splendid ear candy to anyone who loves hearing acoustic stringed instruments, stripped to the core.”