Mountains of Sorrow Rivers of Song [Deluxe]

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Having started out as a soul- and folk-influenced singer/songwriter, the Philadelphia-born Amos Lee has developed over the years into an increasingly rootsy, country-leaning artist. On his fifth studio album, 2013's Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song, Lee delves even further into a lyrical country style on what are some of his most heartfelt songs to date. The album follows up his acclaimed 2011 release, Mission Bell, an album that was also steeped in country influences. In keeping with the rootsy approach, Lee recorded this album in Nashville with producer Jay Joyce, who has helmed similar productions for Emmylou Harris and the Wallflowers. Lee has a knack for picking ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Having started out as a soul- and folk-influenced singer/songwriter, the Philadelphia-born Amos Lee has developed over the years into an increasingly rootsy, country-leaning artist. On his fifth studio album, 2013's Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song, Lee delves even further into a lyrical country style on what are some of his most heartfelt songs to date. The album follows up his acclaimed 2011 release, Mission Bell, an album that was also steeped in country influences. In keeping with the rootsy approach, Lee recorded this album in Nashville with producer Jay Joyce, who has helmed similar productions for Emmylou Harris and the Wallflowers. Lee has a knack for picking top-notch backing musicians and Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song is no exception, featuring superb instrumental work from Lee's touring band, including, among others, pianist/organist Jaron Olevsky, guitarist/banjo player Andy Keenan, bassist Zach Djanikian, and drummer Freddy Berman. He is also joined by several big-name collaborators here, including guitarist Jerry Douglas, who adds some earthy dobro to the title track, and guitarist Tony Joe White, who brings his bluesy, atmospheric skills to several tracks. Similarly, contemporary bluegrass superstar Alison Krauss lends her ethereal presence to the poignant "Chill in the Air," and journeyman folk chanteuse Patty Griffin harmonizes with Lee to goose bump-inducing effect on "Mountains of Sorrow." Ultimately, though, whether it's the roiling, contemporary country twang of "Stranger," or the poignant heartbreak of "Dresser Drawer," it's Lee's talents as an insightful songwriter and soulful vocalist that beg your attention on Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song. [A Deluxe Edition added three bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/8/2013
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 602537432394
  • Catalog Number: 001867602
  • Sales rank: 40,452

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Johnson Blvd. (4:15)
  2. 2 Stranger (3:49)
  3. 3 Tricksters, Hucksters, and Scamps (3:20)
  4. 4 Chill in the Air (4:27)
  5. 5 Dresser Drawer (4:23)
  6. 6 Indonesia (3:27)
  7. 7 High Water (2:38)
  8. 8 The Man Who Wants You (3:00)
  9. 9 Loretta (3:45)
  10. 10 Plain View (2:33)
  11. 11 Mountains of Sorrow (4:02)
  12. 12 Burden (3:24)
  13. 13 Scared Money (6:49)
  14. 14 Charles St. (2:58)
  15. 15 Lowdown Life (4:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Amos Lee Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Electric Guitar, Ukulele, Vocals, Mandocello, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Jerry Douglas Dobro
Alison Krauss Vocal Harmony
Giles Reaves Percussion, Drums, Clavinet, Shaker, Wurlitzer
Tony Joe White Harmonica, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Mickey Raphael Harmonica, Bass Harmonica
Jeff Coffin Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Patty Griffin Vocal Harmony
Jay Joyce Electric Guitar, Guitar (12 String Electric)
Joanna Cotten Background Vocals
Perry Greenfield Saxophone
Jedd Hughes Mandolin
Jaron Olevsky Piano, Accordion, Double Bass, Vibes, Omnichord, Pump Organ, Toy Piano, Marimbula, Vocal Harmony, Hammond B3
Zach Djanikian Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Electric Bass, Electric Guitar, Recorder, Bass Saxophone, Wood Block, Toy Piano, Marimbula, Vocal Harmony
Andy Keenan Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Dobro, Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar, Mandocello, Guitar (12 String Acoustic), Vocal Harmony, Guitar (Baritone)
Freddie Berman Percussion, Drums, Hand Clapping
Mutlu Onaral Vocal Harmony
Technical Credits
Jay Joyce Producer, Engineer
Tom Coyne Mastering
Burton Yount Art Direction
Jason Hall Engineer
Amos Lee Arranger, Composer
Jaron Olevsky Arranger
Nicholas Stevenson Illustrations
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