LAMPLIGHTER December 17
"Peter Mulvey is reaching for gold with his new record The Silver Ladder, produced by Chuck Prophet. "
The eclectic range of Mulvey's tireless past pays handsome dividends on this stylistically sweeping, LA-recorded album. A crack specially convened band (including regular Dylan drummer David Kemper) adhere to his well-established live and direct recording approach and allow the performer's deeply matured, naturally wry and hard-edged Americana to attain full, flowing life. From the raunchy melodic pop of "Sympathies" through suburban requiem "Remember the Milkman", the dizzying weirdness of "If You Shoot At A King" and even Led Zeppelin modal thunder on "Copenhagen Airport", Mulvey's troubled visions attain striking clarity. Gavin Martin, Uncut
"The cream of the crop sings with a clarity reserved for the likes of legends."
"Peter Mulvey is all substance, which is his style."
BIRDS of CHICAGO is a collective based around JT Nero and Allison Russell. Whether touring as a duo (in this case) or with the full family band, Nero and Russell have emerged as two of the most compelling new voices in North American Roots music.
For several years Russell and Nero's respective bands, Po' Girl (Vancouver, BC) and JT and the Clouds (Chicago, IL), have collaborated extensively, but on 2011's Mountains/Forests, released under the JT Nero banner, they tapped into the true, bewitching power of their voices together on an entire record. It also featured the full cast of characters that would round out the Birds of Chicago ensemble the Clouds and Michelle McGrath, the luminous singer and picker from the hidden hills of Southeast Ohio.
Nero's fractured country-soul voice wrapped in Russell's silver and gold tones, is a fine thing. Not too perfect, not at all saccharine, you'll hear echoes of mountain gospel, street corner doo-wop, and classic soul. Accompanied by just a banjo and a guitar, it's haunting. Fired by the band, it's a full tilt revival.
"Everyone at Folk Alliance was talking about this band built around husband and wife Allison Russell and JT Nero. The acclaim was earned. Allison comes off like a demure young lady with a delightful Toronto accent when she speaks, but when she sings, she's Aretha Franklin. They performed original music, folk with a rock bend, with a touch of gospel thrown in. By the end of the festival, their shows were standing-room only, if you could get into the room at all." (Cleveland Plain Dealer Mar. 2014) "The blend of the musicians' voices is truly something to be celebrated at length. JT's has been described as 'fractured country-soul' whereas Allison's is just as soulful in its own bittersweet way; both have that slight touch of roughness too, which makes it possible for them to draw on influences of anything from gospel to doo-wop and classic soul when singing." (Folk and Roots; January, 2013)
David Goodrich Known to many as a producer and accompanist for the likes of roots legend Chris Smither, new-wave Americana craftsmen Peter Mulvey and Jeffrey Foucault, and folk sensation Redbird, David "Goody" Goodrich continues to hone a sound all his own. His music has been adapted for use in feature and documentary films, museum exhibits, and even video games. Fans of Pat Metheny, Bill Frisell, and Ry Cooder will find DUST OF MANY HORSES the perfect companion.
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