Steve Earle – The Mountain (with the Del McCoury Band)

Galloping grapes, it’s a bluegrass album! At that, and coming from me, who knows nothing about bluegrass, it seems to be a proper bluegrass recording too, with fiddlers fiddling, banjo frailing, standup bass complete with tappity finger things, and Early Steve on acoustic guitar and singing.

Now, I can’t stress enough that I know nothing of real bluegrass. This album may be a disgrace in bluegrass circles. I only know how it sounds to me, and that is that it sounds pretty good. I like bluegrass music; it’s lively and relaxing at the same time, and this album sounds like good stuff. It all sounds like like it might have been played on someone’s porch by friends. It sounds like iced tea and makes me smile. And that’s what’s most important, right? Well, sometimes. But anyway, sounds like Steve got his hillbillies out, and it convinces me.

Lyrics are pretty basic, you know Southern bluegrass type. Old fashioned things good, newfangled things bad. Loves are fickle and the sun is hot. Jobs are hard to find and blues less so. There are few standout songs, but I prefer the instrumental “Connemara Breakdown” and the catchy “Dixieland” while I’m biased against closer “The Pilgrim.”

But like I said, I don’t really know bluegrass from jewgrass, so let’s have a few real quotes from people involved with this album:

“I intend to walk from Greenland to Iceland to Scotland…Without getting my feet wet!”
Steve Earle, Musician.

“That they might not be enticing unto my people the Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them. And thus saith the Lord God: I will cause that they should be loathsome unto thy people, save that they repent of their iniquities. And cursed shall be the seed of him that mixeth with their seed, for they shall be cursed even with the same cursing. And the Lord spake it, and it was done.”
The Book of Mormon, explaining the origins of black people

“In order, no problem, being busy filming on V day makes me like you more, and mm, Commensal and bowling”
Myles Stocker, Reviewer, texting his girlfriend

“YOU KNOW D’ARTAGNON, THE WHITEFISH HERE IS REALLY QUITE SPECTACULAR!”
A guy who talks too loudly recommending a meal to his funny-named friend

Aaaaabaeebabeebabeebabeeeeethat’sallfolks! I like this album.

8 / 10

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