Dear Companion

Dear Companion

by Ben Sollee
     
 

Performed by two Kentucky natives and produced by Southern rock crusader Jim James, Dear Companion is a warm, acoustic tribute to the American South. "Whether days are bright or sorrow-filled, we'll find our comfort in these hills," Daniel Martin Moore sings during the final track, wrapping up an 11-song set list filled withSee more details below

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Performed by two Kentucky natives and produced by Southern rock crusader Jim James, Dear Companion is a warm, acoustic tribute to the American South. "Whether days are bright or sorrow-filled, we'll find our comfort in these hills," Daniel Martin Moore sings during the final track, wrapping up an 11-song set list filled with Appalachian mountain music and earthy singer/songwriter fare. Having already released an album of his own, Moore may be a more established performer than Ben Sollee, a classically trained cellist best-known for his stint with the multi-cultural folk band Sparrow Quartet. The two take strength in numbers, however, and Dear Companion explores everything from minimalist folk ("Flyrock Blues," a Moore solo piece that could double as a Nick Drake B-side) to acoustic/orchestral combos (Sollee's "Sweet Marie," whose sweeping bridge makes room for violin, tuba, and clarinet). Jim James also plays an active role throughout, often going beyond his production duties by singing harmonies or playing a number of string instruments. Most of the resulting songs are too smooth and stately to recall a bygone era -- Dear Companion is more Avett Brothers than Stanley Brothers, perhaps -- but the album still pays homage to the musicians' home turf, often with gorgeous results.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/16/2010
Label:
Sub Pop
UPC:
0098787085525
catalogNumber:
70855

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ben Sollee   Primary Artist,Guitar,Cello,Vocals
Jim James   Organ,Banjo,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Vocals,Mellotron
Duane Lundy   Guitar
Justin Craig   Organ,Banjo,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards,Slide Guitar
Emily Hagihara   Percussion
Daniel Martin Moore   Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Brandon Johnson   Tuba
Robby Casenza   Drums
Ted Hildreth   Accordion
Andrew McGranahan   Flugelhorn
Jeffrey Keth   Banjo
Chris Phillips   Clarinet
Scott Moore   Violin

Technical Credits

Guy Mendes   Cover Photo,Inside Photo
Jim James   Arranger,Producer
Ben Sollee   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist,Producer
Duane Lundy   Producer,Engineer
Justin Craig   Arranger
Daniel Martin Moore   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist
Jason Howard   Liner Notes
Silas House   Liner Notes

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