How Dark This Earth Will Shine

How Dark This Earth Will Shine

by The Coal PortersThe Coal Porters


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The Coal Porters started life as a country-accented rock band in the manner of Sid Griffin's best-known project, the Long Ryders, but with time Griffin revamped the group into an acoustic band with strong bluegrass leanings, and How Dark This Earth Will Shine is the first Coal Porters studio set to document this change in direction. How Dark This Earth Will Shine reveals Griffin is still a fine and evocative songwriter, as "Fair Play, Virginia" and "Maybe I'll Cry Tomorrow" prove, and he's singing well on these sessions. Griffin's bandmates are also solid musicians, and while this material lacks the energy of the group's live sets (particularly as documented on the album The Chris Hillman Tribute Concerts), How Dark This Earth Will Shine is an enjoyable set that proves Sid Griffin still has plenty of good music left in him.

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/02/2004
Label: Prima
UPC: 0793962000170
catalogNumber: 17
Rank: 129753


  1. Fair Play, Virginia
  2. Yonder Over Canaan
  3. Morning Song
  4. June Apple Breakdown
  5. No Tongue Can Tell
  6. Leaves on the Trees
  7. Maybe I'll Cry Tomorrow
  8. Idiot Wind
  9. Teenage Kicks/Old Joe Clark
  10. Polly
  11. New Cut Road

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Coal Porters   Primary Artist
Peter Case   Guitar,Vocals
Sid Griffin   Mandolin,Autoharp,Vocals,Group Member
Rory McFarlane   Double Bass
Cedric Thorose   Dobro,Vocals
Amy Rigby   Vocals
Pat McGarvey   Banjo,Vocals,Group Member
Ivor Ottley   Fiddle
Neil Robert Herd   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Paul Sandy   Double Bass,Group Member
Gemma White   Fiddle,Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Coal Porters   Arranger,Producer
Sean O'Neill   Composer
Sid Griffin   Composer
Pat McGarvey   Composer,Engineer
Traditional   Composer
David Giltrap   Artwork
Neil Robert Herd   Engineer

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