With minimal accompaniment covering traditional folk songs, 900 Mile’s interpretations by Bethany and Rufus cover new ground.With minimal accompaniment covering traditional folk songs, 900 Mile’s interpretations by Bethany and Rufus cover new ground. Bethany Yarrow, daughter of Peter Yarrow from Peter, Paul, and Mary, exudes breathy and airy vocals.
Her deep, sultry tones and elongated phrasings bring new life into songs that had once been seen as simply early Americana. Rufus Cappadocia becomes her backbone with his delicate cello bass lines. “East Virginia” seeps into the air with a gradual unfolding of storytelling while the piece, “Linin’ Track,” nestles juxtaposed with a subtle funk low end. At times the tracks recall jazz standards and other times the fleshing out of power gospel. All in all, Bethany & Rufus cultivate an eclectic mixture that remains fresh on 900 Miles.