GYPSY DAVE AND THE STUMPJUMPERS’ “A Bucketful of Ghosts”
(no label, 2009): OK, this one threw me. I was expecting some crazed hoedowns or at least some rough, ragged backporch romps from a group with a name like this.
Ah, but no.
Instead, 25-year-old Gypsy Dave Washousky serves up a restrained brand of country-tinged folk made for pondering rather than do-si-do-ing. The Stumpjumpers (classically trained fiddler Lisa Joseph and bassist-harmony vocalist Ryan Nageotte) do just fine on these twelve original songs, and co-producer Will Kimbrough manages to beef up their sound just a bit on this, the band’s sophomore album.
Still I wish they’d really just cut loose once in a while. Either that, or change the name of the band.