The Jones Street Boys, Overcome

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews


The Jones Street Boys

Nope, these Jones Street Boys aren't the Bensonhurst bruisers from The Warriors. These Jones Street Boys are Midwest-born, Brooklyn-dwelling bluegrass aficionados, who infuse their debut album with a DIY spirit. Just listen to the rollicking piano and vocals that run through "Last Time." Here — and when the group is at its best — they seem to excel in using tradition as a jumping-off point along the way to greener, more raucous pastures. The Boys crucially also know when to slow it down, as well. "Twilight," "Oh Night" and "Tall Buildings" are all weary laments that shine despite their subject matter.