"Making a record
is all about choices. First, songs are selected throughname
a long and arduous process of listening. The songs then
need to be framed properly by tasteful arranging, and when
the songs are arranged the musicians must choose to play
in a way which suits each song and the recording as a whole.
Cages Bend and
their producer Stephen Mougin have shown in this debut
CD a predisposition towards making good decisions. They've
gathered material from a wide variety of writers - Robert
Gately, Becky Buller, Randy Kohrs, Jon Weisberger , Tony
Rackley, Stephen Mougin, and from within Cages Bend,
Sim Daley and Jenni Lyn Gardner - and they've put these
songs into stylish and appropriate instrumental and vocal
settings. Cages Bend and Stephen Mougin have every reason
to be proud of Now I'm Lonely."
Alison Krauss and Union Station.
"This recording by Cages Bend
is an absolute delight to listen to. The arrangements are
fresh, the instrumental work is second to none and the
vocals are as pure and exciting as you'll find anywhere
in bluegrass music.
As a mandolin player myself, I really
appreciate Jenni Gardner's work on this record. She has
a touch on the mandolin that produces such a wonderful
tone and has a real feeling for playing what fits each
tune just perfectly. Sims' banjo is driving and syncopated
with an authority that drives the band and makes the real
grassy numbers really rock.
This recording is one of the best debut recordings by a
group I've heard in quite a long time. These folks have
all the "right stuff" assembled here. Good material,
inventive arrangements, exciting players, and beautiful
vocal work combining to make a recording that I will be
enjoying for a long time to come. And I know you will as