Ragged But Right
The Homegrown String Band is a twenty-first century incarnation of the traditional family band. The band, which was literally homegrown, consists of Georgianne and Rick Jackofsky and their two daughters, Erica and Annalee. Ragged but Right is the band's fourth CD release and includes four of the bands most requested traditional numbers as well as seven new original songs. Featuring, guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, jawharp, banjo-uke, dulcimer, harmonica, doumbek, and percussive flatfoot dancing. Ragged but Right CD Review Bill Dahl, author of Motown: The Golden Years There's something special about the music a family creates together. The harmonies, the timing, the spirit breathe as one. And so it is with Ragged But Right, the Homegrown String Band's latest album. Whether you classify their sound as Americana, bluegrass, folk, or old-time country, Rick Jackofsky, his wife Georgianne, and their daughters Erica (a standout on fiddle) and Annalee are not only dedicated to keeping a classic tradition alive, they're advancing it. Alongside the traditional rural laments 'Don't Let Your Deal Go Down' and 'Darlin' Corey' are a clever tribute to the late Johnny Cash and the stark, insightful original 'Life Is Hard,' each testifying to the power and joy of music made by a real family band. -Bill Dahl Ragged but Right CD Review LI Blues Society, Dr. Blues Reviews The Homegrown String Band has institutionalized the performance, creation and support of America's traditional musics. From the Appalachian hollows to the rolling cotton of the rural South to West Texas vistas, the landscapes of our indigenous musics are explored and conserved. A family band, the tightness born of DNA is razor's edge and the musicianship is of the caliber of virtuosity. Ragged But Right explores the roots of roots music. Opening with the sounds of Kentucky and Tennessee's eastern edges, bluegrass pours out with purity and joy as they voyage. The sweetness of these organic sounds and their infectious rhythms take you home. The disk opens with a soft reel from mountain laurel country called 'Goin' 'Round the World.' 'Don't Let Your Deal Go Down' was soft and round and reminded me of Garcia/Grisman. 'Take Me Away' recounts a Civil War tale made even more poignant by the morass we refer to as Iraq. The meat grinder of Cold Harbor isn't that much different from Baquba. 'A Minor Catastrophe' is in a minor key in a majorly entertaining way. 'When the Apples Bloom in New York' is sad and longing and feels like Gordon Lightfoot yet the following tribute to Johnny Cash called 'The Man Who Dressed in Black' cooks and shakes and vibrates with primal energy. 'Life Is Hard' sweats inevitability in a Robert Earl Keen fashion and the disk finishes with a rousing 'Darlin' Corey.' This disk pours forth string mastery, emotional depth, pulsing rhythms, and is a celebration of unikewity and that's cool because I love uneekness.-Dr. Blues Ragged but Right CD Review Moors Magazine 'De Homegrown String Band is een echte familieband - pa, moe en twee dochters Jackofsky zijn duidelijk ontzettend goed op elkaar ingespeeld. Pa Rick Jackofsky speelt gitaar, banjo, zingt en speelt geweldig mondharmonica, moe Georgianne speelt de banjo ukelele, de dulcimer en percussie, Erica speelt lekker fiddle, geeft het tempo aan met haar voeten en zingt en Annalee speelt mandoline en de mondharp en zingt ook. Ze spelen een paar sterke traditionals als Don't Let Your Deal Go Down, maar ook een heel rijtje zelfgeschreven nummers. Sterke nummers. En hun arrangementen zijn origineel, want een mondharp en een mondharmonica verwacht je niet echt bij een stringband. Dat maakt wel dat ze een eigen geluid hebben en dat je daardoor regelmatig zeer aangenaam verrast wordt. Mooie aanstekelijke plaat.' 'A talented and unique family. The Homegrown String Band represents all that is good with 'Ole Time' music today. The simple joy of a family making music together makes you wish you could be one of them. Once again ranking as one of the most requested bands on the A.F.B.A's festival questionnaire.' - The Appalachian Fiddle & Bluegrass Association '. . . superbly talented . . . a warm feeling of camaraderie . . . playing and dancing with an energy that could fill a festival stage. Their devotion to their craft and way of life is obvious, and the audience claps not only for their excellent performance, but for the simple fact that this family is breathing fresh life into the American folk tradition at a time when our nation's roots are so often forgotten.' - Sarah Craig, Manager, Caffè Lena.