‘Tales from Jackson Bridge’ from Harpeth Rising - continue cutting their own path(October 04, 2013)
There’s constant freshness to music from Harpeth Rising – an American four-piece band that brings a sharp cutting edge to their distinct brand of folk music. Their latest album ‘Tales from Jackson Bridge’still retains the familiar mix of bluegrass influenced, jazzy folk-rock riffs, punchy lyrics and engaging melodic hooks but also takes the band along their journey through folk. This album is so charismatic it would take considerable effort not to engage with Harpeth Rising.
The title track ‘Wheelhouse’ is a classic Harpeth Rising tune with powerful vocals and dynamic energy and although its message is a little softer ‘Day After Day’continues the drive with its entrancing banjo and fiddle mix. Following them on their journey across three of their albums it’s fair to say that the band has reached a new high with ‘Tales from Jackson Bridge’ – they have always been pretty assured in their music, now they have a presence that establishes their position beyond doubt.
There’s much evidence across their songs, from the moving sincerity of ‘The Sparrow’ with its gently picked strings, strong percussion and delicious vocals, through the compelling originality of the instrumental ‘Eris’ and the sprightly eagerness of ‘Four Days More’ to their moody jazz-inspired rendition of ‘House of the Rising Sun’. And you can't help but feel that all of what went before conspires to come together within the stunning 'Ghost Factory' - powerful stuff indeed.
Harpeth Rising deliver an exceptional blend of multi-influenced American folk with inspired lyrics, intense vocals and enough edge to continue cutting their own path.
Reviewer: Dan Holland