The Mammals

<p>Fronted by Mike + Ruthy, second generation fiddler/singer Ruth Ungar and multi-instrumental wordsmith, Mike Merenda, The Mammals are a dynamic, five-piece Americana quintet from New York’s storied Hudson Valley carrying on the work of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie with a deep original repertoire, searing American roots sound, and a message of hope for humanity.&nbsp; Known for their jubilant, high-energy shows, The Mammals deftly move from older-than-dirt banjo duets to sound-the-alarm topical fare that’s right in line with the times, bouncing from rafter raising hoe-downs to hear-a-pin-drop a cappella balladry.</p>

<p>Their new album,&nbsp;Sunshiner&nbsp;bottles The Mammals’ on-stage effervescence and lyrical prowess along with some beautiful studio magic. The album bursts open with the soaring, up-tempo “Make It True.” There’s a palpable hope on this track, written by Mike Merenda.&nbsp; It’s sung as a duet with Ruth Ungar and features the driving energy of Konrad Meissner on drums, Jacob Silver on bass, Ken Maiuri on 12-string and the soaring pedal steel of Charlie Rose. Their harmonies, harmonica, and jangling guitars hint at The Byrds, Fleet Foxes, and something distinctly “Mammalian.” As the refrain sings, “There’s a better world in store / And we somedays sing the blues / Somedays sing those harmonies too, yeah we do / And we’ll one day sing those words that will make it true.”</p>