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The Foreign Landers (from the album Travelers Rest available on Tin Foil Studios) (by Bryant Liggett)
The Foreign Landers are an appropriately titled outfit. David and Tabitha Benedict find one another in each other’s country of origin, making both foreign landers. David hails from South Carolina while Tabitha calls Northern Ireland her birthplace. Their debut Travelers Rest, named for the couple’s base in the Carolinas, uses music familiar in each locale to create a sound that’s both southern Folk Bluegrass and Irish Folk mixed with Celtic tones. The Foreign Landers open with a road song, “Traveler”, a warm cut with subtle but driving Newgrass banjo and drifting mandolin pushing a track that lyrically explores all the elements of a human drifting far from home.
“Should I Go” has wonderful Bluegrass experimentation and instrumental exploration, and those instrumental chops roll over into Celtic goodness in “Johnny’s Peacock-The Red-Tailed Hawk”. There’s an airy use of pedal steel guitar in the gentle, pulsing “We’ll Be Fine” while both David and Tabitha’s harmonies on “Sunny Side of the Mountain” come off as weary, and as a result wonderful. This cut, like all of the song included on Travelers Rest, is loaded with feeling.
Travelers Rest is quiet and quaint, a record so soft you can rest your head on it like a pillow. The Benedicts have also created an equal pairing of the sounds of their homelands, and with players like John Doyle and Brittany Haas (among others) in the musical mix, they’ve created a World Music Folk package of stellar songwriting and shining instrumentation. (by Bryant Liggett)
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