(Silver Squid Music)

This solo debut album features 12 original songs by New York-based singer/songwriter Cissell, who plays violin, guitar, piano, banjo, ukulele, and other instruments on these recordings. Drawing on his roots in folk, bluegrass, and classical music, Cissell “refuses to settle into a particular genre,” wrote a reviewer for splicetoday.com. But his “folksy guitar for most of the tracks ... gives the album a unifying folk-rock tone.” Cissell is also a member of the Hudson Quartet, a string quartet.