Among the Oak & Ash

Among the Oak & Ash

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It's not surprising that singer/songwriters Josh Joplin and Garrison Starr should have crossed paths on the road, since both have been at about the same level of success and would have tended to play the same venues in the late 1990s and early '00s. Among the Oak & Ash, their duo side project, suggests that, on at least a few ofSee more details below

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It's not surprising that singer/songwriters Josh Joplin and Garrison Starr should have crossed paths on the road, since both have been at about the same level of success and would have tended to play the same venues in the late 1990s and early '00s. Among the Oak & Ash, their duo side project, suggests that, on at least a few of those occasions, the might have sung and played together, since they seem familiar and compatible. For this project, they have largely left their writing pads at home in favor of digging up a bunch of traditional folk songs, but they have retained their musical style. The writing credits may read "Traditional," but the arrangements are very much in the folk/country
ock style both performers favor, in which an acoustic guitar or restrained electric (or both) anchors performances to which an electric bass and drums are added, along with other string instruments (banjo, Dobro, dulcimer, lap steel). Sometimes, things are a bit more stripped down -- on the brief take of "Come All You Young & Tender Ladies," Starr's solo vocal is accompanied only by an electric guitar, and Joplin sings "Pretty Saro" a cappella. But much of the time this is contemporary folk-rock, with the singers, often in unison, though sometimes with one or the other in the lead and the other joining in on individual lines and choruses, making the timeless warnings and anecdotes in the lyrics sound like current emotional concerns. Joplin's composition "Joseph Hillström 1879-1915" can be added to the catalog of songs about the martyred folksinger Joe Hill, and the concluding song, "High, Low & Wide," a co-write by Joplin and Starr, suggests what an album of their own originals would be like. From the sound of it, such a follow-up would be worth considering, although this debut shows the performers' roots and thus makes a good beginning to their partnership.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/16/2009
Label:
Verve Forecast
UPC:
0602527049380
catalogNumber:
001293102
Rank:
239996

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Performance Credits

Among the Oak & Ash   Primary Artist
Brian Harrison   Bass,Guitar
Robby Turner   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar
Garrison Starr   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Xylophone
Bryan Owings   Percussion,Drums
Josh Joplin   Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Autoharp,Vocals,Xylophone
Carlton Norris   Dulcimer,Banjo
Cari Norris   Dulcimer,Banjo

Technical Credits

Brian Harrison   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Johnny Marr   Composer
Barry Taylor   Management
Garrison Starr   Composer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Josh Joplin   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Sachico Asano   Graphic Design
Among the Oak & Ash   Composer,Audio Production
Steven Morrissey   Composer

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