The Overmountain Men – a North Carolina folk-rock quintet led by Bob Crawford, bassist for The Avett Brothers, and David Childers, longtime Carolina singer/songwriter – get together from time to time to play great music. Nothing more, nothing less. No grand designs on fame or fortune, no scheming to figure out what other folks want to hear – they simply play what they love, and if their recent release Glorious Day is any indication, the music they love to play is quite good.
Glorious Day – a project some six years in the making, dating back to some 2004 jam sessions – is rich with everything the Americana music fan loves. Childers sings with raspy aplomb and there is banjo, guitar, and piano a’plenty. Stand out songs from the record include “Looking for Dr. Caligari,” with its rockabilly swagger; “All I Ever Knew,” a stripped down acoustic ballad; and the bluesy “Coney Island Express.”
Most startling, however, is “Angola,” a tune featured in the award-winning documentary Six Seconds of Freedom, an independent release documenting the prison rodeos of Angola Prison. Both the instrumental vignette, which is a simply beautiful two minutes of music, and the full version of the song are spellbinding, especially when their international flavor is juxtaposed with the traditional Americana sounds found throughout the rest of the record.
Glorious Day is out now on Ramseur Records.