Last year, Jake Armerding dematriculated from the list of
“Her” offers a nice variety of musical styles, rhythms, emotional atmospheres and instrumental combinations. The back-up musicians that Jake was able to assemble for this project are truly gifted. Many of them are already well known to aficionados of the folk and bluegrass genres.
The line-up includes:
Taylor Armerding on mandolin
Kevin Barry on lead guitar and lap steel
Damien Bassman on drums, djembe, and other percussive surfaces
Paul Bessenbacher on piano
Mark Erelli on guitar
Richard Gates on electric bass
Zack Hickman on upright bass
The results of this collaboration are magical. From the opening song, “Up on the Rim,” to the last, “The Coastline,” the album offers something for every musical taste. If you already love Jake’s music, you will certainly embrace this latest offering. If you have yet to discover the wonders of the Armerding ambiance, “Her,” is a good way to stick you toe in the water. Over the past few days, I have found myself humming or singing snippets from “$2 Kite” and the rollicking “Song of Solomon.” I invite you to join me in excavating the riches buried within these Solomon’s Mines.