Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song

Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song

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by Amos Lee
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/08/2013
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0602537432387
catalogNumber:
001867402
Rank:
4745

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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
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica,Bass Harmonica
Jeff Coffin   Baritone Saxophone
Patty Griffin   Vocal Harmony
Jay Joyce   Electric Guitar,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Fred Berman   Percussion,Drums,Hand Clapping
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)
Mutlu Onaral   Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Jay Joyce   Producer,Engineer
Burton Yount   Art Direction
Jason Hall   Engineer
Amos Lee   Arranger,Composer
Jaron Olevsky   Arranger
Nicholas Stevenson   Illustrations

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Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this album, but he hasn't put out anything I don't like.  Lee's voice takes me to my happy place, and I can listen to his music all day.  It is not over produced like much of the music on the radio these days.