When Ava Honey, Beth Mason, Dave Daley and Tate Mason get together, the results are proof the quartet is aptly named. The band's acoustic roots are like a time machine, set to arrive in an idyllic era past.
With its spankin' new sophomore release, Rimrock Country (self-released, 2016), Idyltime acts as a guide on this trip through time. Daley picks the hell out of Idyltime's mashup of traditional tunes "Lacy Brown" and "Sugar in the Gourd" and 18th century foot stomper "Buffalo Gals." However, Idyltime also delivers a promise of longevity—like the formation for which the album is named—with well-crafted original songs (many written or co-written by Honey), like "Tied Up and Tangled," woven together with memorable melodies and sweet Honey-Mason harmonies that linger.
Whether to long ago or to a new appreciation of acoustic roots, Idyltime's CD release performance at Record Exchange on Thursday, May 26 will be a trip.
6 p.m., FREE. The Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St., 208-344-8010, therecordexchange.com.