Echoes of the Mountains

Echoes of the Mountains

by Dry Branch Fire Squad
     
 

Echoes of the Mountains, the first collection of new music from bluegrass, old-timey, and Southern gospel stalwarts Dry Branch Fire Squad since 2001's Hand Hewn, is as simple as the sky is blue, laying out 14 ballads, breakdowns, and tall tales that are as rustic, unfussy,…  See more details below

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Echoes of the Mountains, the first collection of new music from bluegrass, old-timey, and Southern gospel stalwarts Dry Branch Fire Squad since 2001's Hand Hewn, is as simple as the sky is blue, laying out 14 ballads, breakdowns, and tall tales that are as rustic, unfussy, and direct as the genres that cradle them. Founder, lead singer, and mandolin player Ron Thomason (the only constant since the band's inception in 1976) may lack the high and lonesome crooning abilities of other bluegrass singers, but his slightly off-key, Waylon Jennings-ish baritone adds considerable emotional weight to every track, be it rowdy and bold ("Dixie Cowboy") or downright heartbreaking ("Echo Mountain") -- the latter will reduce anyone who ever loved a dog to a puddle of tears. This latest incarnation of the band, which also includes Brian Aldridge (guitar, mandolin, and vocals), Dan Russell (bass and guitar), and Tom Boyd (banjo, Dobro, and vocals), is as capable and tight as ever, trading licks on standout cuts like "Grayson's Train" and "n' Gambler" and harmonizing like 30-year veterans on the gospel nuggets "(You Got to Pray to the Lord) When You See Those Flying Saucers" and "Power in the Blood," resulting in a batch of songs that ranks high amidst a career of highlights.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/27/2009
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661057425
Rank:
291656

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dry Branch Fire Squad   Primary Artist
Ron Thomason   Banjo,Guitar,Mandolin,Percussion,Vocals,Claw Hammer Banjo,Group Member
Tom Boyd   Banjo,Dobro,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal),Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Michael Cleveland   Fiddle
Brian Aldridge   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Baritone (Vocal),Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Michael Cleveland   Fiddle
Dan Russell   Banjo,Bass,Bass (Vocal),Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Larry Sparks   Composer
David Massengill   Composer
Sam Cooke   Composer
Tom Adams   Liner Notes
Troy Seals   Composer
Scott Billington   Art Direction
A.P. Carter   Composer
Ken Irwin   Producer
Toby Mountain   Mastering
Ron Thomason   Arranger
Charlie Green   Composer
Kelly Harrell   Composer
Steve Chandler   Producer,Engineer
Cy Coben   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Martha Scanlan   Composer
Bordley Palk   Engineer

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