A fun, passionate romp filled with mandolins and fiddles, Freedom Ride overflows with an upbeat bluegrass/ country soul.

A fun, passionate romp filled with mandolins and fiddles, Freedom Ride overflows with an upbeat bluegrass/ country soul. The first solo release from Emmitt—who is also the lead singer and mandolin player for jam band Leftover Salmon—dynamically ties feelings of romantic love to love of the great outdoors. On "Bend in the River," for example, Emmitt sings "why don't you take me down to the bend in the river, hold me close under the willow tree" in the midst of a rapid stream of string work. The soothing ballad "Solid Ground" also likens love to being sure-footed on the earth. Emmitt's musicianship is fully captured on such pieces as "Paving Eisenhower," an instrumental featuring a mandolin duet with Ronnie McCoury.—JP

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