A pair of overlooked gems from Country Gazette – a hip country-styled band from the start of the 70s! First up is Traitor In Our Midst – a pretty great set from a country rock
group who clearly have a sense of humor – but one who also have some surprisingly great chops as well! In some way, these guys are a bit like labelmates Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – who also were maybe approaching acoustic roots music with a tongue in cheek vibe at the start – but also provided plenty to get past any sort of joke they were trying to hide behind! There's excellent instrumentation on the set – fiddle, mandolin, and banjo – and the vocals often harmonize at level that would make most bluegrass groups pretty darn proud. Plus, Jim Dickson put the whole thing together with perfect production – on titles that include "Forget Me Not", "Sound Of Goodbye", "Aggravation", "If You're Ever Gonna Love Me", "Anna", "Tried So Hard", "Keep On Pushin", and "Lost Indian". Next is the excellent Don't Give Up Your Day Job – a set that reminds us that of all the country rock
groups at the start of the 70s, Country Gazette have probably got more instrumental talents than most! In fact, these guys come across more like some of the new wave of bluegrass groups that were appearing on indie labels than you'd expect from some of the bigger label work of the time – harmonizing wonderfully, and serving up instrumentation that's heavy on deft fiddle, mandolin, banjo, and guitar! There's a really fresh approach – a bit like that new way of presenting old roots that groups like Seldom Scene were touching on – and the group serve up their own material, and work by Elton John, Don McLean, and CSNY. Titles include "Huckleberry Hornpipe", "The Fallen Eagle
", "My Oklahoma", "Teach Your Children", "Honky Cat", "Snowball", and "Deputy Dalton".