A heartbreakingly beautiful disc...
With a career spanning more than 30 years, Mustard's Retreat (David Tamulevich, Michael Hough) are known throughout folk circles for their witty and thoughtful songwriting. Forming in Ann Arbor, MI in 1974, these two short-order cooks discovered a musical kinship between slinging hash and flying garbanzo beans and have been touring and playing together ever since.
Through the years, they have released six records, including an often hilarious live CD called 5 Miles or 50,000 Years, and a warmly reflective set of original songs called Wind and the Crickets, which offers convincing proof of Tom Paxton's thesis that their stage antics work because they have the musical chops to go with them. They have released several albums on Red House Home By Winter(1985) and Midwinter's Night (1985), both of which are compiled on their 1995 release Back to Back. The album brings together twenty-one tracks and over 72 minutes of superb acoustic music also featuring Peter Ostroushko, Claudia Schmidt and Pat Donohue.
- Stan Rogers
- Leonard Cohen