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Call Home

by Buster Sledge

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The Wind 03:24
Raindrops 03:33
Other Side 04:25
I love this road How the asphalt seems to part the trees ‘Round the ice cream stand that we’d frequent as a family How many times Did we go north and then go south How many times did the same stories come from our mouths I loved to go When the days were long and the river warm I loved to leave when we overstayed in some shape or form As we traveled south The highway took its second form Like the river at night would slowly cool and not be warm I loved this road I always did when my eyes were dry I loved this road I forgot to say goodbye
Call Home 04:21
Sleepwalk 04:50
Dead Leaves 03:37
The rain 03:41


Oslo-based American-Norwegian trio Buster Sledge is newly signed with label Heilo and soon to release its first studio album Call Home in May 2022, following up on their self-recorded and self-released debut Spirit (2020). Fiddle, banjo, guitar and three voices are the vehicle for lyrical storytelling against an orchestral background anchored in the acoustic music traditions of the United States. Hailing from northern California, lead vocalist and songwriter Michael Barrett Donovan mixes themes from personal experience with folk and country music archetypes to breathe new life into time-tested song structures. Banjoist Mikael Jonassen and guitarist Jakob Folke Ossum both share a thorough appreciation for the fundamentals of bluegrass music, clear melodies and harmony-singing through the lens of being trained jazz musicians. In eleven tracks, Call Home tips its hat to artists such as Norman Blake, The Punch Brothers, Tim O'Brien and John Hartford.

Buster Sledge was the first group to record in the recently relocated Globus Studio of Sjur Lyseid (Little Hands of Asphalt) and his influence from behind the mixing board pushed the band into a slightly-augmented acoustic sound with more streamlined arrangements which is a suiting duet with the album art by William Hay that realizes a scene of a rider overlooking a large river-valley in impressionistic swaths of color.

Banjoist Mikael Jonassen, from Bodø in the far north, is Norway's first and only higher-education certified banjo player. Despite beginning with an electric banjo and playing exclusively fusion jazz, Jonassen currently focuses his efforts on Scrugg's style acoustic banjo and the playing of Bela Fleck and has taken several trips to the US to learn from the masters. Jakob Folke Ossum, jazz-guitarist turned flat-picking aficionado, discovered the sound of acoustic flat-picking through Tony Rice and Bryan Sutton and meticulously taught himself from records and videos. Fiddler Michael Barrett Donovan made a living as a musician in New York City doing a master's in classical composition while touring with a Grateful Dead tribute band. The three met in a comment section on a bluegrass forum after Donovan moved to Norway in 2019. The rest of the story you'll have to ask them at a show sometime. Buster Sledge has been on stage in many small venues in southern Norway, don't miss them the next time they come to town! 


released May 27, 2022

Michael Barrett Donovan: fiddle, lead vocals
Jakob Folke Ossum: guitar, vocals
Mikael Jonassen: banjo, vocals

All tracks composed by Michael Barrett Donovan, except track 2 by Mikael Jonassen and lyrics by Michael Barrett Donovan.

Producer(s): Sjur Lyseid, Buster Sledge
Recorded in Globus Studio by Sjur Lyseid in December 2020.
Mixer: Sjur Lyseid
Mixing engineer: Sjur Lyseid
Mastering engineer: Håvard Christensen


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Buster Sledge Norway

Oslo-based American-Norwegian trio Buster Sledge share a love for playing a wide array of American music. Their all-original repertoire draws from their diverse backgrounds to blend genres from traditional to modern all while keeping the earnest story-telling of country and bluegrass music alive in the ambitious arrangements of their music. ... more

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