Chris and I both have a serious soft spot in our hearts for the great state of West Virginia and the entire Appalachian (pronounced: Apple-aa-chin) region. Autumn time in West Virginia possesses a natural beauty that isn’t found anywhere else in the world. It’s like living in a postcard.
Conversely, we’ve both seen firsthand the destruction caused to the region by irresponsible mining practices and other environmental abuses, particularly mountaintop removal mining. (Which is exactly what it sounds like) Beautiful tree covered hills turned into bare flattops surrounded by poisoned streams and slag-filled valleys.
“explores their ties to the place they love and aims to draw attention to the problem of Mountaintop Removal coal mining (MTR) and its impact on the people and heritage of central Appalachia. A portion of the proceeds from Dear Companion will benefit Appalachian Voices, an organization devoted to ending MTR and finding a better way forward.” (Sub Pop)
I know you came here for music, not for an appeal on environmental activism, but its something to think about. Its definitely something I care about.
Those of you familiar with the sounds of Appalachia will know what to expect from an album inspired by this musical hearth. A hearty helping of folk with a joyful infusion of bluegrass.
The single ‘Something, Somewhere, Sometime’ has that traditional sound that seems directly lifted out of any number of concerts I walked past on any given Sunday afternoon in parks throughout Appalachia.