Album Name: Found a Reason
Artist: Mad Tea Party
Year/Label: 2008 / Nine Mile Records
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Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds
Mad Tea party is Ami Worthen (voice, ukulele) and Jason Krekel (voice , guitar, fiddle, and foot drums)
They take turns as lead vocalist. On some of these songs it’s pretty amazing to me that the amount of sound is coming out of only two people.
This duo has a really interesting style. They’re really a mix of a bunch of different genres. You’ve got bluegrass, rock a billy, rock, pop, even punk and I don’t know what else. It’s really a fun mix. I bet they’re great live. They must have a ton of energy.
Every Way is a standout to me. It makes me want to move and sing along.
Their cover of the old standard, Polly Put the Kettle On has some really crazy mad fiddling.
I Never Was a Cool One is amusing and clever. It’s short, but silly and fun.
This is a record that is great to put on at parties and it makes me want to see them live.
Note: they share a label with Stephanie’s Id, Rebecca Pronsky, and Kathleen Haskard, all of whom have been reviewed here.
1. Blues Slip In
2. Every Way
3. Bunny Moves On
5. I Went Out
6. Polly Put the Kettle On
7. Yellow Trees
8. Whaddaya Want
9. I Never Was a Cool One
10. Waltz of Despair
11. Big Noise from Krekel
12. Found a Reason
13. Move You