"One of the hardest-working, most bone-shaking, original bands on the American roots music circuit." Jeff Biggers, The Huntington Post
If your last album had critics describing your group as "The Last Waltz come back to life as one unified band"' and calling the album "a master class in Americana"2 and "an album that exhibits how great American roots music can be"3, what do you do for an encore?
If you're Cincinnati's roots/Americana powerhouse Magnolia Mountain, the answer is simple. You write even better songs. You bring even better players and
singers on board.
You release an album that raises the bar even higher. You release an album like
Town and Country.
As the title suggests, Town and Country showcases Magnolia Mountain's
deft mastery of American
musical styles and casts
that stylistic net wider than
From the opening old-timey
Appalachian vibe of "Black Mollie", through the bittersweet Americana lament "One Waking Moment", the
Dwight Yoakam-style swagger of "Baby, Let's Pretend", the driving hard rock of "Set on Fire", to the Stax/Volt R&B-infused workout "Rainmaker", Town and Country bolts out of the gate with a
whirlwind array of American music styles.
Town and Country is full of Magnolia Mountain singer
and songwriter Mark Utley's finest collection of songs
to date, an 18-song double album of remarkable range.
The band's signature interplay of acoustic and
electric instruments is on full display on the new album,
even moreso with the addition of talented newcomers
Jeff Vanover (guitar), Todd Drake (drums) and Kathy
Woods (fiddle) to the formidable lineup of Bob Lese
on mandolin, folk harmonica, and blues harp, Utley on
acoustic guitar, electric guitar, and banjo, and upright
bassist Bob Donis!.
Magnolia Mountain's trademark blend of gorgeous
2-, 3-, and 4-part close harmony vocals is made even
richer with the addition of Renee Frye, who now joins
founding member Melissa English on harmony vocals.
In addition, the band is joined on this album by a veritable who's who of Cincinnati roots musicians, including Ricky
Nye (piano/organ) David Rhodes Brown (lap steel/slide
guitar), Brian Hogg (sax), Mike Oberst (banjo), and more.
Town and Country reflects Magnolia
Mountain's "big tent" approach to
Americana music with songs like
the Byrds-meets-bluegrass "All My
Numbered Days", the mountain
flavor of "The Old Ways", the
country-punk scorcher "Shotgun Divorce" (a duet with Bloodshot
Records artist Lydia Loveless),
the gospel rave-up "Train to Glory", the menacing, dark gothic country of
"The Devil We Know", the slow R&B burn and epic sweep of the
heartbreaking "Cry for Me", through
to the intricately layered harmonies
of the album finale "A Light to
Bring You Home".
Included are haunting covers of "Don't Leave Just Now"
by Cincy indie-rock giants Wussy, and "Just to Know What
You've Been Dreaming" by Will Johnson of Centro-matic.
Also featured is "The Hand of Man", the band's contribution
to 2011's anti-mountaintop-removal-coal-mining complilation, Music for the Mountains.
This album is the band's third with producer John Curley
(Afghan Whigs) at Ultrasuede Studio in Cincinnati. Also
back from the first two albums are the stunning album cover
photos of world-renowned photographer Michael Wilson.
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