Echoes of the Mountains

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
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: 1/27/2009
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661057425
  • Catalog Number: 610574
  • Sales rank: 116,863

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dry Branch Fire Squad Primary Artist
Dan Russell Banjo, Bass, Bass (Vocal), Vocals, Group Member
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
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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