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Songs from the Mountain

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Companion to the Book

    It's been a long time since I read Cold Mountain. This CD uses the novel as a jumping off place to explore Appalachian music. It has a mournful old time air. Tim O'Brien is one of the most versatile folk and bluegrass practitioners around.If you like this CD, try his earlier The Crossing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best.

    What a fine CD. Lively playing, soulful singing, and skilled arrangements. I've listened to this CD dozens of times and it never fails to please. If you have the slightest interest in Americana, or any acoustic music, buy it. I listened to a friend's copy and loved it so much I had to buy my own. You simply have to hear "Hard Times," "Blackest Crow," and "Jack of Diamonds." And if "Washington's March" and "Bonaparte's Retreat" don't make you want to get up and dance -- check your pulse.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A breath of fresh air from the Mountain

    This is the music you hear backstage at the bluegrass festivals, or in the parking lots, or in between the cottonwoods and pine trees. Stripped down, simple, and musically clean. This is music which we sort of remember from somewhere, like the scenes of home in "Cold Mountain." And who better to tell us this story than Dirk Powell, Tim O'Brien, and John Herrmann? Recommended for those who are digging deeper into grassroots musical traditions, beyond the commercial nonsense. This recording precedes "O Brother Where Art Thou" by two years, and is just as important.

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