Jeff Wilkinson & The Shutterdogs: Hill No Passing
The remains of the world's oldest forest were recently discovered in the Catskills, giving credence to the observation that roots run deep in the Hudson Valley, spreading out not just from the Band's historic Woodstock residency, but throughout time. Songwriter Jeff Wilkinson, it's clear from Hill No Passing, his recent disc with the Shutterdogs, drinks the water. It's dressed up with killer contributions from the Beacon team of fiddler Sara Milonovich and multi-instrumentalist/producer Greg Anderson, as well as a recent recruit, guitar ace Josh Colow.
The disc also features guest spots from hot shots like banjo man Richie Stearns and vocalist Daria Grace. The opening salvo of "I Need a Revival" sets the tone—urgent, earnest Americana with an East Coast spin—which continues through the closing, slide-tinged "Turkey Vulture Blues." High points include the lilting "Edge of the World"; the subdued, harmony-laden "Names of Quilts"; and the strutting "Take Home Pay."