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We think "Ironto Special" is the best representation of Black Twig Picker sound yet produced by any recording scheme -- Nathan's chiming banjo, Isak's muscular guitar runs, Mike's sawing fiddle: It's all here with an immediacy and depth previously heard only if the band was playing on your porch. Thirteen songs, including two originals ("Smoker Wedding March" and "Craig Street Hop") and a slew of traditional material with a deep history in the band's "Ararat to Talcott, and a ways farther out" home territory, all delivered, of course, in the Twigs' signature highly personal, ecstatic manner. Fiddlesticks, washboard, bones, even a snare drum -- all here. Yelps and shouts, yep. As he did on the Twigs' "Hobo Handshake" album, Charlie Parr sits in, adding a tolling baritone 12-string to the final track, the lament "Rockin' in a Weary Land."
All versions of the album come with detailed notes on tunings, sources, etc., plus Whitney Waller's drawings of the band. The package is wrapped in Jeanna Duerscherl's photography. Truly the best presentation of the band's recorded output to date.