2011-2012

 

Amazingly, on this, their fifth album (Groanbox) have fashioned an array of material that’s as diverting as ever, the opening Po’Boy rockin’ like something Clifton Chenier might have pushed our way on a particularly lively Zydeco night. Then comes the first switch when Bunco Artist proves to be the kind of song that could have arisen in an early Hollywood plantation scene. And so it goes, as the trio wend their erratic but imaginative way… –MOJO Magazine, January 2012.

Groanbox are pluralists in the truest sense, stirring their deep southern blues with liberal earfuls of Cajun music, European gypsy reels, and woolly mountain folk. That it trips along so convincingly is testament to both their skillful chops and a raw production that makes everything sound vividly alive… –UNCUT Magazine, January 2012.

Unique is a word that is frequently used inappropriately, but in the case of Groanbox no other description will do. The trio’s music may have its roots in rural Americana but by the time it comes out of the speakers it’s been around the world a couple of times, pausing in likely and unlikely places, picking up a rhythm here and an inflexion there and melding everything into true world music…(the) Songs are by and large of the darker variety, which is just the way it should be, and if you feel the urge to howl at the moon with delight on listening to this album, why that’s just the way it should be too. -Jeremy Searle, AmericanaUK, November 30, 2011.

Groanbox add a soupçon of old-school vaudeville to the serious business of roots music…(they) apparently recorded this album in the space of a week, although the sonic bric-a-brac is far richer than most super groups would come up with if they were given two years and 200 tons of equipment…Marvelous. -Clive Davis, The Sunday Times November 27, 2011.

An entertaining, freewheeling album that provides a reminder of their adventurous approach to global styles… -Robin Denselow, The Guardian October 27, 2011.