My surprise CD of the year so far is Assembly of Dust “Recollection.” This is their first studio release but they are not newbies. Lead singer Reid Genauer is the former front man for Strangefolk. Additionally, keyboardist Nate Wilson is about to graduate from the New England Conservatory of Music. They have apparently been popular on the live circuit for a couple of years and will be hitting the festival circuit hard this summer with appearances at the Newport Folk Festival, All Good and Mountain Jam among others.
AOD are accomplished musicians and great song writing craftsmen. They are getting a lot of reaction beyond their core jam band fan base. Emusic did a special advance promotion of “reconciliation” and Paste Magazine (see my links) put them on their March sampler. Check out the review on Jam Base