Among the Oak & Ash Among The Oak & Ash
- Released: February 22, 2010
- Label: Verve Forecast
Uncut (magazine) - p.1004 stars out of 5 -- "[T]here's plenty here to mark them out as an exciting new pairing, dealing in ageless and expressive stuff."
- 1.Hiram Hubbard
- 3.Angel Gabriel
- 4.Shady Grove
- 5.The Water Is Wide
- 6.The Housewife's Lament
- 7.Pretty Saro
- 8.All the Pretty Little Horses
- 9.Come All You Young & Tender Ladies
- 10.Joseph Hillstr”m 1879-1915
- 11.Look Down That Lonesome Road
- 12.High, Low & Wide
- 13.Bigmouth Strikes Again
Personnel: Josh Joplin (vocals, guitar, guitars, autoharp, harmonica, piano, xylophone); Garrison Starr (vocals, guitar, guitars, harmonica, xylophone); Brian Harrison (guitar, bass instrument); Robby Turner (pedal steel guitar, dobro); Cari Norris, Carlton Norris (banjo, dulcimer); Bryan Owings (drums, percussion).
Recording information: The Rendering Plant, Nashville, TN.
Photographer: Henry Leutwyler.
Among the Oak & Ash is the duo side project of singer/songwriters Josh Joplin and Garrison Starr. Here they have largely left their writing pads at home in favor of digging up a bunch of traditional folk songs. The arrangements are very much in the folk/country/rock style both performers favor however, in which an acoustic guitar or restrained electric (or both) anchors performances to which an electric bass and drums are added, along with other string instruments (banjo, Dobro, dulcimer, lap steel). Sometimes, things are a bit more stripped down--on the brief take of "Come All You Young & Tender Ladies," Starr's solo vocal is accompanied only by an electric guitar, and Joplin sings "Pretty Saro" a cappella. Joplin's own composition, "Joseph Hillstr”m 1879-1915," can be added to the catalog of songs about the martyred folksinger Joe Hill, and the concluding song, "High, Low & Wide," a co-write by Joplin and Starr, suggests what an album of their own originals would be like.
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