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Rootbound's Published Reviews

ROOTBOUND got a nice CD review courtesy of the California Bluegrass Association:

Henry Koretzky and Deb Kaufman are a Pennsylvania-based duo who sing and play in the carefully choreographed style of the Louvin Brothers. Their mandolin and guitar-playing blend as effortlessly as their voices, and like the figure skaters that glide across the ice in perfect tandem, this musical pair joins in a note for note glide that makes each song special.

The traditional songs include "Are You Lonesome Tonight" from the Carter Family and "I'll Never Grow Tired of You" from the singing of Carter Stanley. Henry and Deb have a particularly effective vocal harmony ending to "Are You Lonesome Tonight." Ginny Hawker has been one of Deb's mentors and her influence is strong in Deb's vocal interpretation of "I'll Never Grow Tired of You."

Warren Zevon and Bruce Springsteen are definitely not traditional song writers, but Deb and Henry transform Warren's "Fistful of Rain" with a strong bass guitar line and a fast paced mandolin chop, tremolo and lead break. Springsteen's love song "If I Should Fall Behind" has a wonderful guitar accompaniment that wraps itself around the voices. Suzanne Thomas' "Memories That Bless and Burn" is a powerful hymn to a life in the hereafter and the powerful singing of Rootbound makes this song one of the most heartfelt on the album. Deb and Henry have also included some of their own original songs. Henry's "Willie's Last Night" is a twist on the old murder ballads and in this song Willie gets his comeuppance. "Thousands of Ladies Are Crying" is Deb's tale of the soldiers who died at the battle of Gettysburg. Rootbound succeeds in giving life to songs from the roots of old-time and country music and carefully grafts its own branches with their own songs and tunes crafted from other genres. - reviewed by: B Hough, California Bluegrass Association (1/21/2007).

ROOTBOUND's debut CD received a very nice review in the August 2005 issue of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine.

Read Dan MacIntosh's review of Rootbound on Indie-Music.com

Michael Devlin reviews Rootbound in Issue No. 22 of MMReview

John Train wrote the following review, published in the July 2006 issue of Pennsylvania Musician Magazine.

It ain't often you hear old-time music played so true to tradition without some bizarre affectation worked in to give it "flav-a". The duo of Deb Kauffmann and Henry Koretzky stick to mostly traditional favorites, with several modern artists or originals thrown in, on this self-titled 15 song release. Featuring strictly mandolin and guitar arrangements, this CD hits the occasional electrifying moment but is completely acoustic.

Team Rootbound does not slouch when it comes to covering the vast array of familiar styles falling under the umbrella of old-time - and they play with commitment, highlighting various tunes with both high and lonesome harmonies. Koretzky is a vocally natural Warren Zevon clone (a cover of Zevon's "Fistful of Rain" comes as no surprise), and Kauffmann would fit on any old Ole' Opry stage that the Carter Family has graced. Rootbound can be almost sugary, such as the war-lamentation "Thousands of Ladies are Crying" or simply soul stirring as with "Dark End of the Street". If there is an absolute consistency to this CD it is the emotional and musical honesty in the delivery of each individual song.

If you're already hooked on traditional music, this release is a natural addition to your collection. If you're in the dark as to the genre, this is a fine and far-ranging sampler worthy of clueing you in to a spectrum of material that is timeless in its essential nature. - reviewed by John Train of The Pennsylvania Musician