The Appalucians (from the album Bright Hills available as a self-release)
A pre-school isn’t the most fertile ground for a musical group formation but even the most unlikely locations can serve as a catalyst for band-making. Two sets of parents met at said pre-school, and small talk during a drop-off or pick-up revealed musical similarities; The Appalucians were formed and little time wasted on the recording front.
The Appalucians debut,Bright Hills, is a record of loose acoustic country, subtle twang and southern charm, an album that has harmonies for miles.
Bright Hillsstarts with a 1-2-3 punch of greatness. Opener “Bloom in the Seed” sets a laid-back vibe; “Forty Seven Main” is does dual-duty as a train and escape song where the narrator just wants to go somewhere to ‘just be another Jane’, right into “Champagne Annie”, a country rock torn from the pages of The Flying Burrito Brothers. Stop right there and you’ve got the folk E.P. of the year. Fortunately, they don’t.
“Don’t Bother Me” is an almost spoken word tune in the vein of Country Dick Montana (The Beat Farmers) and “One Man Woman” is like a bit of country Motown. The final track is “Sweet Later On”, a mournful gospel number with the instruments hushed behind the vocals….. a beautiful closer. The dominant instruments on this Bright Hillsremain dobro and harmonica, lending a bluegrass and blues vibe. The Appaluchians hit on all the great parts of roots music, Bright Hillsa harmony driven album of folk, bluegrass and cosmic country. (by Bryant Liggett)
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