March 09, 2011
In their quiet way, the Hungry Monks operate mostly as a straightforward folk combo. Led by the core duo of John Holenko and Hazel Ketchum, the Monks dazzled us with their sultry and vibrant original material on their new studio album, Superior Crust. Recorded at Jim Donnelly's Island Sounds studio on Johns Island, the album glides from old-style country and Celtic folk to jazzy swing and straight-up rock 'n' roll. One stand-out track is "I Can't Get Enough of You." Guest John Kennedy's walking bass line is the only accompaniment to Ketchum's ballad, featuring her effective falsetto.