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Among The Oak And Ash Vinyl Records
Among The Oak And AshTwo veteran singer/songwriters Josh Joplin and Garrison Starr have teamed up here for a very unique and interesting project. Among the Oak & Ash (the name is borrowed from the title of an old folk song) faithfully render traditional ballads and folk tunes but with a contemporary American sound. Their energy and blend of electric and acoustic instrumentation is reminiscent of bands like Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span. With the exception of 2 originals (Joseph Hillstrom and High, Low & Wide) the source material on this debut album consists of tunes whose derivations range from the 1600s through the early 20th Century. Produced by Brian Harrison and Among the Oak & Ash and pressed on 180g Vinyl.
A lot of people think of folk music as something thats sweet and gentle, but so many of these songs are raunchy and brutal. They cover everything from God to the devil, from unrequited love to murder. Josh Joplin
1. Hiram Hubbard
3. Angel Gabriel
4. Shady Grove
5. The Water Is Wide
6. The Housewife's Lament
7. Pretty Saro
8. All The Pretty Little Horses
9. Come All You Young & Tender Ladies
10. Joseph Hillstrom 1879-1915
11. That Long & Lonesome Road
12. High, Low & Wide$24.99Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now
The debut self-titled album Among the Oak &
The debut self-titled album Among the Oak & Ash was released on June 16, 2009 by Verve Records and prominentely featured, Joplin’s friend and fellow singer-songwriter Garrison Starr on vocals and electric guitar, Brian Harrison on bass (Shelby Lynne), Bryan Owings on drums (Emmylou Harris, Ray LaMontagne), Robbie Turner on pedal Steel (Waylon Jennings) and Cari Norris on banjo.
It was Ms. Norris however who originally exposed Joplin to this genre of folk music years ago at Earlham College. She, along with Pennsylvanian songwriter John Kingman-Smith, led a band called Hurricane Sadee, whose only recording was a self-released cassette tape in 1990, which Joplin claims is the inspiration behind Among The Oak & Ash.