Americana music is a broad church but those that are encompassed, endeared and drawn to it have it seems an extra responsibility to their musical ancestry, it’s a fine line between distorting the form into shapeless sound and extracting the essence of what has come before to create art that blurs the seams between the contemporary and traditional – paying homage to ones past and influences is both a noble and necessary act, Cahalen Morrison & Eli West combine their talents to deliver an album of crafted folk music.
Cahalen contributes eight original songs to album including an instrumental, there are three covers and an interpretation of a traditional track, I’ve heard many a cover of the late great Townes van Zandt’s music (search the site) but none finer than Cahalen & Eli’s version of Loretta thats slots perfectly into place on this collection.
Both musicians are masters of their instruments Cahalen (claw-hammer banjo, mandolin and lap-steel guitar) and Eli (claw-hammer banjo, guitar and bouzouki) and chose to track the album live, the album release was then fan-funded through Kickstarter. With musical detailing of the highest order, vocals that are pure and true whether solo or in harmony and top-drawer original writing it’s no surprise the creative quality control runs through to the excellent presentation and fine artwork that accompanies the CD – of its ilk there’s likely not a better album released this year.
Interview at No Depression