Rootbound is a duo that takes the traditional sounds of Appalachian old-time, bluegrass, and early country music and brings them into the present. Paying loving tribute to the duet sounds of such seminal groups as the Louvin Brothers and the Stanley Brothers and the wide-ranging repertoire of the Carter Family, singer/guitarist Deb Kauffmann and mandolinist/guitarist/singer Henry Koretzky infuse the classic repertoire with new material drawn from contemporary songwriters. Rootbound focuses on songs with timeless emotional connections and tight, soulful harmonies. The sound of two voices, mandolin, and guitar has infused American roots music for several decades. Deb and Henry carry on this tradition in a distinctive new-time/old-time mix of love songs, traditional ballads, and original compositions. These are interspersed with hard-driving fiddle tunes, ageless songs like Lily May Ledford's 'Banjo Picking Girl,' and innovative covers such as 'Dark End of the Street' arranged as a Louvin-style waltz. The tracks on our CD are: --Oh, My Little Darling: a traditional standard, which we coupled with the fiddle tune 'Mason's Apron' --Dark End of the Street: The Dan Penn classic which we arranged as if it were a Louvin Brothers duet --Are You Lonesome Tonight: as per The Carter Family's version of this song, which was originally a popular radio hit of the mid 1920s --There's a Mailbox on the Dark Side of the Moon: written by the brilliant Long Island songwriter Martha Trachtenberg, with a languid arrangement --I'll Never Grow Tired of You: from the Stanley Brothers, where old-time and bluegrass meet --Fistful of Rain: a radical re-arrangement of a Warren Zevon/Jorge Calderon song which the late Zevon once referred to as a 'Buddhist gospel song,' inspiring this old-timey rendition --How Much He Cares: written by Deb Kauffmann, a much more traditional gospel number --Willie's Last Night: one of Henry's originals, written as a rejoinder to the long-running tradition of murder ballads; an attempt to present the victim's point-of-view --Brazos River Song: a cowboy ballad --Memories That Bless and Burn: a duet rendition of this powerful song written by Suzanne Thomas, the former singer with Dry Branch Fire Squad and The Hotmud Family --Mining Camp Blues: our homage to Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard, and honoring an old-time repertoire that can include a tune first recorded by a blues singer in 1926 on a record featuring Louis Armstrong and Fletcher Henderson --I Wonder Where You Are Tonight: one of our favorite bluegrass standards, this minor-key arrangement endeavours to increase the lonesome quotient of the song --Thousands of Ladies Are Crying: a Civil War ballad written by Deb Kauffmann with her husband, George Sharp If I Should Fall Behind: a Bruce Springsteen composition that always sounded like he'd modelled it in The Carter Family tradition Banjo Pickin' Girl: concluding the album with a Coon Creek Girls standard.