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A mellow bit of 'light country'

Spring in the Old Country
Spring in the Old Country
By Slavek Hanzlik

Flying Fish Records: 1992

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This review first appeared in the May 29, 1992 issue of the North County Blade-Citizen (now North County Times).

You've heard of "light jazz," now meet "light country." Slavek Hanzlik is a talented, skilled guitarist – and very, very low-key. "Understatement" seems to be his rule of thumb.

Which isn't to say that "Spring in the Old Country" is bad; it is a melodic, pleasant album. But this is very mellow music, and thus won't appeal to those who like their country folk music on the bluegrass side, with lots of instrumental chases and breakdowns.

Hanzlik is joined on this all-instrumental album by well-known country musicians Bela Fleck on banjo, Stuart Duncan on violin and mandolin, and bassist Mark Schatz.