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Among the Oak & Ash (album)

4 Ratings: 3.5
Country and Folk album by Among the Oak & Ash

About the Artist On Among The Oak & Ash, Pennsylvania-born New Yorker Josh Joplin and the Mississippi-bred, Nashville-based Garrison Starr lend their distinctive voices to a dozen traditional folk songs drawn from rural Appalachian and Anglo-American … see full wiki

4 reviews about Among the Oak & Ash (album)
review by . July 30, 2009
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The CD opens with the beautiful and haunting "Hiram Hubbard", a sad song of injustice and loss, reminiscent of "Jacob's Dream" by Allison Krauss in its heartbreaking, but beautiful, story of death and redemption. This song is followed by "Peggy O", a song that almost seems out of place on the album. This song has a "You Can Have It All" by Yo La Tengo sort of vibe, that same happy feeling that makes you want to bounce around in your seat. It is a sort of detour, as the music quickly gets back onto …
review by . July 23, 2009
The self-titled Among The Oak & Ash is a collection folk music that has been "re-imagined" in more modern acoustic-rock style. For the most part it is very well done. Production values are very good while retaining a very personal and immediate feel to the music. The song choices are well considered and the lyrics have the depth and resonance one would expect from folk music that has stood the test of time. The musicians play the songs well and vocalists Josh and Garrison do their …
review by . August 15, 2009
This is the debut, eponymous album from the duo comprised of Josh Joplin and Garrison Starr, although each has recorded before. They had a spring 2009 tour in support of the album.    The music is reminiscent of 70s Folk-Rock, so is something of a nostalgia trip for my generation and, hopefully, an introduction for a new generation.    The singing and musicianship are solid, albeit sometimes a little too heavy on the percussion for my taste. The songs are …
review by . July 23, 2009
The self-titled Among The Oak & Ash is a collection folk music that has been "re-imagined" in more modern acoustic-rock style. For the most part it is very well done. Production values are very good while retaining a very personal and immediate feel to the music. The song choices are well considered and the lyrics have the depth and resonance one would expect from folk music that has stood the test of time. The musicians play the songs well and vocalists Josh and Garrison do their jobs rather nicely. …
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