Mason jar jams 

Britchy's Two-Lane steers straight

Britchy's Two-Lane Highway is simple music for simple people—and that's not an insult to either. Missoula's acoustic Americana duo Britt Arnesen and Richie Reinholdt have produced 12 tracks of pleasing, polished folk music, highlighted by the classic country voice of Arnesen (think Emmylou Harris or Kasey Chambers) and guitar stylings of Reinholdt (think crackling old-timey radio playing on a peeling farmhouse porch). Mix in some fiddle, mandolin, pedal steel and a dash of dobro for a timeless, traditional folk/bluegrass sound.

This is not music to listen to alone on headphones in the dark. This music isn't difficult or emotionally complicated or groundbreaking. This is traditional folk: social music for good times. This is music for twirling cotton print dresses and bare feet. It's music that complements evening crickets. It's no surprise that the liner notes reveal that a few of the tracks were recorded in Arnesen's kitchen, for this is kitchen music—you can almost hear the cowboy boot keeping time on the linoleum floor.

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There are times on the album where it's easy to wonder what would happen if Britchy took a step or two away from even one aspect of their strictly traditional approach. But there are mostly times when you float along with each melody, wondering where you might be able to locate a hammock and a mason jar of tea.

Britchy plays at Shakespeare & Co. Mon., May 23, at 7 PM. Free.

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