The banjo, as an instrument, is rather a rather difficult instrument to make sound sincere. Stereotypically, it tends to evoke imagery of toothless old hillbillies, strumming about tobacco and moonshine. Thankfully, that is not always the case.

This is just marvellous: a gentle banjo is joined by a lone violin and various other bits and pieces, with the combination graced with beautiful, breathy vocals. Even if the vocalist looked like one of those toothless old hillbillies, I certainly wouldn’t care!

Distress by Crooked Still on Grooveshark