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Among the Oak & Ash

Country and Folk album by Among the Oak & Ash

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Folk Rock for a new generation

  • Aug 15, 2009
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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 splendid, with the possible exception of the bonus, 13th track.

If you are a Folkie, you should certainly give this a listen. If you are not, now is your time to see if you could become one. Check them out.
[PeterReeve]

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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 . 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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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 musical idioms. Although much of the material is centuries old, the songs' eloquently simple melodies, and their universal themes of love, loss, longing, cruelty and death, give them a timeless resonance into which Joplin and Starr tap effortlessly. With the duo's evocative harmonies complemented by spare, stripped-down arrangements, Among The Oak & Ash is a powerful testament to Joplin and Starr's interpretive abilities, and to the ageless appeal of these ancient tunes. "These songs are about the human condition, and that's something that doesn't change," Joplin asserts. Indeed, the album's 12 songs span a broad range of human experience, encompassing themes of injustice ("Hiram Hubbard"), longing ("The Water Is Wide"), doomed romance ("Pretty Peggy-O"), spirituality ("Angel Gabriel") and death ("All the Pretty Little Horses"). "A lot of people think of folk music as something that's sweet and gentle, but so many of these songs are raunchy and brutal," Joplin notes. "They cover everything from God to the devil, from unrequited love to murder." The seeds of Among The Oak & Ash--the name is borrowed from ...
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Label: Verve Forecast
Genre: Folk, Country
Release Date: June 16, 2009
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