From the obscure town of Two Foot Falls, Kan. (“Don’t look for it on a map,” the group writes in its liner notes), comes country juggernaut The Euphoria Stringband. This banjo-and-fiddle-heavy quartet offers its take on such selections as “Gooseberry Pie,” “This Old House,” and “Fall on My Knees,” as well as concocting amusing originals, such as the bluegrass romp “Gold Plated Banjo” and “The John Deere Song.” The group’s most daring venture, “Don’t She Rock ‘Em, Day-O,” is a truly unique country/calypso hybrid, while “Cotton I’d Joe, Too” reveals its ability to intricately restructure a standard. With strong dual vocals from Reva Friedman and Bart Smith and a diverse array of featured instruments that includes spoons, a kazoo, and a mandolin, The Euphoria Stringband is rootsy enough to thrill traditionalists and adventurous enough to make the new-country crowd curious.

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