Charting new territory, Queen Fareena winds down a lazy river of ragtime, roots & country blues, to dixieland with hints of cajun. Obscure revamped oldies from the 20’s and 30’s of artists like Reverend Gary Davis, John Hurt and Robert Johnson, along with Carmichael’s original compositions, which are all laced with instrumentation comparable to Springsteen’s “Seeger Sessions”. Queen Fareena takes you back to an era of the whiskey drenched brothel steamboats with Kelly Carmichael on vocals, guitars and six string banjo, Jean-Paul Gaster (Clutch) on drums, along with upright bass, squeeze box, and a top notch brass section.
Down to its honest core, the 10-track Old Stock is barefoot,front-porch, sipping-sweet-tea-
or-something-stronger music at its most enjoyable, the kind of roots-righteous effort that Roy Bookbinder might add to his year-end “Best Of” list if he had a chance to hear it.
by Ken Johnson
Vinta ge Guitar Magazine