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Quick hits: Magrane Hill

December 3, 2010

Magrane Hill is two dudes: Travis Magrane and Adam Hill. They both love country, folk, bluegrass and all iterations thereof. Their ten songs on Public House consist of traveler’s folk songs, bluegrass, old-school country and straight-up folk tunes. The two play off each other incredibly well, providing a warm consistency to the tunes, even though they stylistically differ.

Each track has its own highlights, but “Darlin’ Corey,” “Golden State,” “High Road” and “Unknown Familiar Blues” have melodies that stay in the brain long after the tunes have finished. There are few low points, and the whole thing travels along pleasantly. Recommended for any fan of acoustic guitars and various Americana iterations.

Stephen Carradini and friends write reviews of bands that are trying to make the next step in their careers.

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