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Central North Carolina’s Swift Creek has released Magnolia, a collection of original Bluegrass music. The album consists of truly original tunes penned primarily by band member, Kevin Brown. The album was produced and recorded at the Rubber Room in Chapel Hill, NC by acclaimed producer and musician, Jerry Brown.
"Rattle Them Bones," written by Kevin Brown, is a bluesy, mysterious tune that takes us to old New Orleans. Both music and subject matter summon up images of graveyards, dark closets, eerie midnights and "things unseen and things unknown." The video shows the band having a blast at the Rubber Room while recording the song.
"Bluegrass Hurricane" is an uptempo walk through the history of bluegrass, touching on founding fathers Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs, and seminal events in bluegrass history (The Bristol Sessions, the 1970's "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" project, "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou"). Brown was inspired by the real hurricane that threatened last year's World of Bluegrass in Raleigh. An instrumental highlight is stunning triple fiddles by Swift Creek's Stephen Fraleigh.
“Last year, World of Bluegrass began with the threat of Hurricane Joaquin off the coast, and lots of consternation about whether it would make landfall and wash out the entire WOB weekend,” Kevin Brown says. “That potential outcome inspired a plethora of #bluegrasshurricane tweets. Fortunately, Joaquin stayed well offshore, but an unrelated weather pattern brought torrential rains to the Carolinas which forced all of the scheduled events into the Raleigh Convention Center. Despite the obstacles, World of Bluegrass 2015 was a rousing success, and I came away with the inspiration for a song.”
Magnolia includes some very impressive covers, and even a parody. The album wraps with “Ashes of Love” and a delightful old-time radio feel.
Swift Creek is Kevin Brown (guitar, vocals), Casey Elder (mandolin, dobro, vocals), Stephen Fraleigh (fiddle, banjo, vocals), Dennis Hoyle (bass), and Ann Searcy (vocals). Brown is the prolific songwriter behind much of Swift Creek’s music.
TRACK LIST ~ MAGNOLIA
1. Wake Me Up To Drive (K.Brown) 3:49
2. Rattle Them Bones (K.Brown) 4:29
3. Bluegrass Hurricane (K.Brown) 3:07
4. Broken Bird (K.Brown) 4:28
5. Life In The Slow Lane (Parody, K.Brown) 4:03
6. Afterglow (K.Brown) 4:40
7. Sail Away Ladies 2:05
8. The Levee (K.Brown) 5:22
9. Harlem River Blues (J. Earle) 2:59
10. Irene (A. Platt of The Honeycutters) 4:32
11. The Way (T. Scalzo) 4:04
12. Ashes of Love (J. Wright, J. Anglin) 3:01