Durango: April 17-April 30

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
The Coal Porters had a bit of a shaky start in the recording studio after Sid Griffin retooled the group into an acoustic "alt bluegrass" combo, but their third album, Durango, shows this band has clearly turned a corner. The Coal Porters have gone through a number of personnel changes since 2004's How Dark This Earth Will Shine, and that's made for a significantly stronger band; while Griffin's vocals and mandolin and Neil Robert Herd's guitar are still the cornerstone of their arrangements, fiddler Carly Frey's strong but supple style does wonders for the group, while Dick Smith on banjo and Jeff Kazmierski on bass clearly outclass their predecessors in the CP's without ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
The Coal Porters had a bit of a shaky start in the recording studio after Sid Griffin retooled the group into an acoustic "alt bluegrass" combo, but their third album, Durango, shows this band has clearly turned a corner. The Coal Porters have gone through a number of personnel changes since 2004's How Dark This Earth Will Shine, and that's made for a significantly stronger band; while Griffin's vocals and mandolin and Neil Robert Herd's guitar are still the cornerstone of their arrangements, fiddler Carly Frey's strong but supple style does wonders for the group, while Dick Smith on banjo and Jeff Kazmierski on bass clearly outclass their predecessors in the CP's without calling undo attention to themselves. Griffin's belief in democracy is such that even through he's easily the Coal Porters' best songwriter, he insists on letting his bandmates contribute material for this album, but Herd brings a few solid numbers to the table (in particular "The Squeaky Wheel Gets the Oil" and "One Is Way Too Many"), and Frey presents a fine new arrangement of "Sail Away, Ladies." Griffin's "No More Chains," "Permanent Twilight," and "Lookin' for a Soft Place to Fall" show he's still an ace tunesmith, and the covers of the folk chestnut "Pretty Polly" and Neil Young's "Like a Hurricane" demonstrate the Porters have learned how to shape other people's songs into something that fits them just right. Producer and engineer Ed Stasium has given these sessions a strong, clear sound that's natural and flattering to the musicians while catching the sparks of their instrumental interplay. Some fans wonder when, or if, Griffin will ever pick up an electric guitar and start rocking out again, but Durango shows that he's leading an exciting acoustic band with enough strength and confidence to more than compensate for their lack of amplifiers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/19/2010
  • Label: Prima
  • UPC: 793962001238
  • Catalog Number: 23
  • Sales rank: 316,780

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Coal Porters Primary Artist
Peter Rowan Guitar, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Sid Griffin Harmonica, Mandolin, Autoharp, Vocals, Group Member
Tim O'Brien Mandolin, Soloist, Guest Appearance
Ed Stasium Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Neil Robert Herd Dobro, Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Carly Frey Fiddle, Vocals, Group Member
Jeff Kamierski Group Member
Dick Smith Banjo, Vocals, Jaw Harp, Group Member
Technical Credits
Peter Rowan Composer
Neil Young Composer
Griffin Arranger
Sid Griffin Composer
Ed Stasium Producer, Engineer
Neil Herd Composer
Traditional Composer
Carly Frey Arranger
Frey Arranger
Amy Cann Arranger
Herd Arranger
Dick Smith Composer
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