"Common Grond" review in August 2020 Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine
THREE QUARTER NORTH—COMMON GROUND—No Label, No Number. This is the third project from this Albany, New York-based sextet which features mainly the songwriting of bassist Dave Rhodes and guitarist Mark Smith. The group also includes Bob Altschuler (banjo), Mark Bagdon (fiddle), Nelson Gage (mandolin), and Joe Pasco (percussion). Rhodes also plays the kazoo, piano, and ukulele. Smith also adds kazoo as well as harmonica. The opening song by Rhodes, “The One I’m With,” has a couple of kazoo solos, giving the tune an old jug band feel. Other Rhodes selections include “Inside Walls,” “Summer Song,” and “Some Rivers.” Rhodes and Smith collaborate on “Common Ground” and Smith writes “My Baby Ain’t My Baby Anymore.” Banjo player Altschuler offers the instrumental “Rosebud,” and the band covers The Byrds’ “Mr. Spaceman” and Hot Rize’s “Nellie Kane,” both from live performances. Both Rhodes and Smith have delightful voices backed by good harmonies from other members, as well as some mighty-fine picking by all. (www.threequarternorth.com)
Albany Times Union Blog May 1, 2020
The 518 Spotlight
We were featured in an article in the 518 Spotlight paper.
"Back Home" was reviewed in the November 2013 edition of Bluegrass Unlimited
THREE QUARTER NORTH—BACK HOME—No Label No Number. This group from the Albany, N.Y., area includes Mark Smith (guitar), Jim Atkins (banjo), Mark Bagdon (fiddle), Joe Pasko (percussion), David Rhodes (bass), Nelson Gage (mandolin), and also their soundman, Pete Houghton. This project consists of all original material, with the exception of the traditional Irish reel “Star Of Munster.” Songwriting is split mostly between David Rhodes and Mark Smith, with Atkins contributing “Pony Express.” Rhodes’ tunes include “Old Boys,” “Wolf At The Door,” “Judgment Day,” and “Sarah Light The Candle.” Smith’s compositions include the title cut “Back Home,” “Another Year,” “Dirty Old Rag,” and “Too Big To Fail.” The songs are arranged around Smith’s strong guitar work and the instrumentation and vocals blends augment the sound. Recording quality is good, but the package has minimal liner notes. (Three Quarter North, 11 Pineview Ave., Delmar, NY 12054, www.threequarternorth.com.