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VIDEO PREMIERE via BGS: Sunshiner. Mar 12 2018
March 28, 2018 Listen to Ruthy's interview with Laura Viers on the Midnight Lightning Podcast a series of conversations with musician mothers. (Other episodes include Roseanne Cash, Carol Kaye, Rhiannon Giddens and more!)
"A perfect confluence of folk and rock." - FolkWordsUK
"The Mammals' newest tune, 'Culture War,' gets right to the heart of the fight for the American soul." - No Depression
"'My Baby Drinks Water' is the best new folk song I've heard in years." - Unreal Bluegrass
"Music has a practical role to play in helping us survive times such as these, whether by providing an escape route or a tool box for building a better way. Count Sunshiner among the latter. For context, the Mammals have populated these songs with the moon and the stars, the water, the birds, and a path into the unknown. There’s a floating leaf from a maple tree, an ode on solar power and geothermal energy (the title track, of course). There’s the abundance of children, family, and friendships, graceful confrontations with mortality, and even the very human (mammalian?) desire to be alone for just a moment . . . Indeed, the Mammals are all heart, and Sunshiner seems to be packed with ideas about how love will yet win over darkness and fear. If there’s a moral to this story, it’s nowhere better stated than in the final line of the final song on the disc. Singing in unison, with instrumentation so relaxed it’s like the world’s gentlest wake-up call, the line comes out of the fog: “May we never say goodbye to all our big ideas.” " Kim Ruehl, Folk Alley
"The Mammals, one of the most compelling young groups on the roots music scene in the 2000s, have returned with a stellar new album, “Sunshiner". . . a joyous salve for life’s vicissitudes, and a serious cause for celebration for roots music fans." - Rutland Herald
“A string band at the core, The Mammals augment their sound with drums and electric guitar to create a collectively harmonized howl as thrilling and rocking as any band currently subverting folk traditions” - No Depression
"While rooted in acoustic music and lefty politics, these anti-war rants and personal reveries are updated with harmonic polish and smart, melodic twists that could equally appeal to a fan of Fleetwood Mac or Bonnie Raitt."
Philadelphia Daily News
"The Mammals aren't the first band to mix an indie-rock sensibility with bluegrass sounds, but they're gradually becoming one of the best." - No Depression
"Combining a modern pop sensibility with organic musical honesty, you hear everything from string sections to claw-hammer banjo. The band's ability to unite disparate forms to create fresh amalgamations makes them special among the young bands trying to create "World Music." Although the Mammals' style is musically inclusive, it still remains a personal and articulate edge." - Vintage Guitar
"The Mammals are the finest young bluegrass/old-timey band in the country, the country-branch house band for the new weird America. They perform total energy, off-kilter folk that more resembles the twisted quirk of the Holy Modal Rounders than the clean jeans or alter-ninnies currently clawhammering banjos.
Michael Simmons - LA Weekly
“Dear Mike + Ruthy, Your Hoot was one of the best song gatherings I've seen in all my 94 years. I hope next year I can be there for more than one day.” - Pete Seeger