Judy plays fiddle/violin, has recorded and toured with Natalie Merchant, and has received an Emmy award for the score she created for a documentary about Thomas Jefferson. Jeff plays guitar and banjo ukulele, writes songs and sings, and has had songs and music used by Natalie Merchant, MTV's Rock the Vote, the band Fiery Furnaces, film director Oliver Stone (in his film Any Given Sunday), and others. Together they play in The Horse Flies and the indie rock band, Boy with a Fish, and they compose and record filmscores for feature films and television documentaries (J2 Film Music). They also teach workshops and classes at folk/traditional and other music programs and festivals. In Suitcase they mostly perform as an acoustic duo, playing original and traditional fiddle tunes, songs, and waltzes. Sometimes, closer to home, they add a drummer and use keyboards and electric guitar too.
Writing about The Horse Flies, Rolling Stone magazine has said: "A band that's earned a buzz. They churn out swirling, addictive songs, blending tradition with invention."
Describing Jeff’s songs and singing, reviewers have written: "a masterful combination of the best parts of Neil Young and Michael Stipe"… "a reedy plea that sounds like a keening hybrid of Freedy Johnston and David Byrne"… "very intelligent, very original material" ... "deceptive simplicity that aches with a lethal combination of nostalgia and regret" … "observational tales of loneliness that carry beneath them a sense of deep emotional attachment making their bittersweet protagonists all the more poignant," ... "quirky and poetic, the kind of album that makes you want to sit and pour over the liner notes while you listen."
And, writing about Judy’s playing, critics have used words like: "powerful," "haunting," "impressive," "rousing," "intense," "gorgeous," "sepia-toned," "stirring," and "beautiful."