Memories That Bless & Burn

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All Music Guide - Stacia Proefrock
With Memories that Bless and Burn Dry Branch Fire Squad has made the kind of music that the alt-country folks are copying, but a few steps closer to the real thing. Sweet gospel harmonies exist side-by-side with episodes of banjo madness and the vocalists, especially Mary Jo Leet and Ron Thomason, sometimes sound like they are singing right on top of their last raw nerve. This is not to say that the members of Dry Branch Fire Squad lack talent -- rather their sound is stripped down to a kind of pure mirror of the music of their grandparents, something which helps make their faith-driven lyrics sound sincere and evokes the sound of the church itself, with its shouting ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stacia Proefrock
With Memories that Bless and Burn Dry Branch Fire Squad has made the kind of music that the alt-country folks are copying, but a few steps closer to the real thing. Sweet gospel harmonies exist side-by-side with episodes of banjo madness and the vocalists, especially Mary Jo Leet and Ron Thomason, sometimes sound like they are singing right on top of their last raw nerve. This is not to say that the members of Dry Branch Fire Squad lack talent -- rather their sound is stripped down to a kind of pure mirror of the music of their grandparents, something which helps make their faith-driven lyrics sound sincere and evokes the sound of the church itself, with its shouting preachers and passionate bursts of praise. This album functions as sort of a greatest-hits album -- the first three songs are new material -- including the excellent title track, which features the sweet singing of Suzanne Thomas and helps set the mood for the rest of the album. Tracks 4-10 are from previous Rounder recordings and provide a profile of the band's earlier work. Tracks 4 and 5 are two versions of the same song, interesting because they show the evolution of both the band's technique and the quality of the equipment that they recorded on the second version is amazingly clearer, as well as featuring a more powerful vocal. Tracks 11-13 are songs that had been featured on other albums but were re-recorded for this one, and 14-16 are songs that have long been a part of their gospel shows but are being recorded for the first time. "Touch the Hem of His Garment," provides a beautiful closing to this album, evoking the gentle despair and hope that echo all throughout this fine work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/1999
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 018964446925
  • Catalog Number: 469
  • Sales rank: 128,007

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dry Branch Fire Squad Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Hazel Dickens Vocals
John Baker Guitar, Vocals
Dick Erwin Bass
John Hisey Banjo
Robert Leach Banjo
Charles Leet Group Member
Mary Jo Leet Vocals
Bobby Osborne Mandolin
Suzanne Thomas Guitar, Vocals
Ron Thomason Mandolin, Vocals
Charlie Lett Bass
Bobby Maynard Banjo
John Carpenter Bass, Vocals
Technical Credits
Ken Irwin Producer
Toby Mountain Mastering
Mike Niklas Engineer
Ron Thomason Liner Notes
Rob Dimit Engineer
Ken Baker Producer
Robbie Osborne Engineer
Jack Casey Engineer
Traditional Composer
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