Late Bloomer is an eclectic collection of 11 original songs that run the gamut of American roots music styles. The record kicks off with 'Cadillac' a bluesy, slide guitar driven tribute to the gas guzzlers of old. The next track, 'Creekside Ramble' is reminiscent of Manassas era Stephen Stills with soulful pedal steel guitar playing by Sonoma County's Dave Zirbel. There are three bluegrass tunes all with the traditional guitar, bass, mandolin and banjo configuration. 'Bluegrass #3' is an instrumental workout a la Hot Rize, 'Sunrise' and 'Strawberry Smile' feature tight ensemble playing and sweet vocal harmonies. Other standout tracks include the Jefferson Airplaneesque 'Clocks and Mirrors' and the Jimmy Buffett inspired calypso romp 'Hummingbird Holiday'. Tired of the doom and gloom of the recession? This record is positive songs for cynical times!