Dear Companion

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
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: 2/16/2010
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • UPC: 098787085525
  • Catalog Number: 70855
  • Sales rank: 82,389

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Something, Somewhere, Sometime - Daniel Martin Moore (2:34)
  2. 2 My Wealth Comes to Me - Daniel Martin Moore (3:06)
  3. 3 Needn't Say A Thing - Daniel Martin Moore (2:28)
  4. 4 Wilson Creek - Daniel Martin Moore (1:22)
  5. 5 Only a Song - Daniel Martin Moore (4:22)
  6. 6 Dear Companion - Daniel Martin Moore (1:51)
  7. 7 Flyrock Blues - Daniel Martin Moore (3:28)
  8. 8 Try - Daniel Martin Moore (5:08)
  9. 9 Flyrock #2 - Daniel Martin Moore (3:48)
  10. 10 Sweet Marie - Daniel Martin Moore (5:47)
  11. 11 It Won't Be Long - Daniel Martin Moore (2:48)
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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
Trevor Sadler Mastering
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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