Carry Me Across the Mountain

Carry Me Across the Mountain

by Dan Tyminski
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Carry Me Across the Mountain

Just before his star exploded as a result of his amazing lead vocal on the hit version of "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow," which appeared on the soundtrack to the Coen Brothers' Great Depression farce O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Dan Tyminski recorded his brief but fantastic debut solo album, Carry Me Across the Mountain, while on sabbatical from Union Station. He gets the expected help from Union Station alumni past and present (Alison Krauss, Adam Steffey, Ron Block, and Barry Bales), and also gathers together some of his other favorite players and influences, who just happen to be prominent members of the bluegrass elite (Jerry Douglas, Tony Rice, etc.). It is Tyminski's gorgeous, graceful, toasty lead vocals, though, that carry the day. As opposed to his full-time combo's more irreverent, progressive take on the genre, Tyminski explores more traditional bluegrass territory (ballads, mountain songs, spirituals, instrumentals), but through mostly original material, closer to his previous unit, the Lonesome River Band. He chimes in with a trio of his own co-written tunes while offering spotlight contributions from Block ("Be Assured") and former Union Station member Tim Stafford. And although each song is a highlight, the title track is perhaps the most exciting performance and lays the blueprint for Tyminski's O Brother contribution. The crack band also whips through a couple old country ("I Dreamed of an Old Love Affair," "Sunny Side of the Mountain") and bluegrass (the Louvin Brothers' "Tiny Broken Heart") classics with exhilarating, down-homey results. The mood is both elegantly unembellished and joyous, a throwback but wholly pristine and fresh. It is a superb addition to the already strong discographies of both Union Station and the Lonesome River Band, and a lovely little first effort as leader for Tyminski.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/2003
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661053724
catalogNumber: 610537
Rank: 65280

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dan Tyminski   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Conga,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Baritone (Vocal),Tenor (Vocal),Overdubs,Shaker,Vocal Harmony
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Alison Krauss   Fiddle,Background Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Tony Rice   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Barry Bales   Bass,Background Vocals,Baritone (Vocal)
Ron Block   Banjo
Ronnie Bowman   Vocals,Background Vocals,Baritone (Vocal)
Jim Mills   Banjo
Gary Paczosa   Overdubs
Adam Steffey   Mandolin
Bil VornDick   Overdubs
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle
Steve Gulley   Background Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Dwight McCall   Background Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Ron Stewart   Banjo,Fiddle

Technical Credits

Tim Austin   Producer,Engineer
Gary Paczosa   Engineer
Dan Tyminski   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Bil VornDick   Engineer
Tim Massey   Composer
Jon Weisberger   Liner Notes
Beth Thomas   Art Direction

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Carry Me Across the Mountain 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For a while now, Dan Tyminski has been the one supplying the bluegrass element in Alison Krauss and Union Station. This debut solo CD follows the formula that worked so well on AKUS's best album, ''Every Time You Say Goodbye''--start out with some John Pennell, add a pinch of Ron Block's inspired gospel/bluegrass, throw in a song by a former AKUS member (in this case, Tim Stafford). Stay true to bluegrass, but venture into more ''contemporary'' styles. It works beautifully here (except on the maudlin ''Please Dear Mommy,'' which I always skip). Tyminski has a great voice. The Jimmy Martin favorite which ends the CD, ''Sunny Side of the Mountain,'' is maybe the closest thing to the hit ''Man of Constant Sorrows'' from ''O Brother, Where Art Thou'' (that's Dan playing mandolin in the background in the movie). If you liked Alison Krauss before she went all Dan Fogelberg on us, buy this one.