Dry Branch Fire Squad: Echoes of the Mountains

Audio Samples

  1. Dixie Cowboy $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Echo Mountain $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Rider On an Orphan Train $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Up On the Divide $0.99 on iTunes
  5. (You Got to Pray to the Lord) When You See Those Flying Saucers $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Dixie Cowboy $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Bring It On Home to Me $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Echo Mountain $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Little Joe $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Rider On an Orphan Train $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Seven Spanish Angels $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Up On the Divide $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Stormy Waters $0.99 on iTunes
  14. (You Got to Pray to the Lord) When You See Those Flying Saucers $0.99 on iTunes
  15. O Captain! My Captain! $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Bring It On Home to Me $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Power In the Blood $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Little Joe $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Seven Spanish Angels $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Thank You, Lord $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Stormy Waters $0.99 on iTunes
  22. I Wonder If I Care (Bonus Track) $0.99 on iTunes
  23. O Captain! My Captain! $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Dixie Cowboy $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Power In the Blood $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Echo Mountain $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Rider On an Orphan Train $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Thank You, Lord $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Up On the Divide $0.99 on iTunes
  30. I Wonder If I Care (Bonus Track) $0.99 on iTunes
  31. (You Got to Pray to the Lord) When You See Those Flying Saucers $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Dixie Cowboy $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Bring It On Home to Me $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Echo Mountain $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Little Joe $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Rider On an Orphan Train $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Seven Spanish Angels $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Up On the Divide $0.99 on iTunes
  39. Stormy Waters $0.99 on iTunes
  40. (You Got to Pray to the Lord) When You See Those Flying Saucers $0.99 on iTunes
  41. O Captain! My Captain! $0.99 on iTunes
  42. Bring It On Home to Me $0.99 on iTunes
  43. Power In the Blood $0.99 on iTunes
  44. Little Joe $0.99 on iTunes
  45. Seven Spanish Angels $0.99 on iTunes
  46. Thank You, Lord $0.99 on iTunes
  47. Stormy Waters $0.99 on iTunes
  48. O Captain! My Captain! $0.99 on iTunes
  49. Power In the Blood $0.99 on iTunes
  50. Thank You, Lord $0.99 on iTunes

Track List

>Dixie Cowboy
>Echo Mountain
>Rider on an Orphan Train
>Up on the Divide
>(You Got to Pray to the Lord) When You See Those Flying Saucers
>Bring It on Home to Me
>Little Joe
>Seven Spanish Angels
>Stormy Waters
>O Captain! My Captain!
>Power in the Blood
>Rovin' Gambler
>Grayson's Train
>Thank You, Lord

Album Reviews:

Dirty Linen (p.68) - "Songs come from a variety of surprising sources and include everything from a tongue-in-jowl gospel tune...to a bluegrass version of Sam Cooke's 'Bring It On Home to Me'..."

Album Notes

Dry Branch Fire Squad: Tom Boyd (vocals, tenor, dobro, banjo); Brian Aldridge (vocals, baritone, guitar, mandolin); Dan Russell (vocals, bass voice, banjo, bass instrument); Ron Thomason (vocals, guitar, banjo, claw hammer banjo, mandolin, percussion); Michael Cleveland (fiddle).

Personnel: Michael Cleveland (fiddle).

Audio Mixer: Steve Chandler.

Liner Note Author: Tom Adams.

Recording information: Bordley Palk's Recording Studio, New Lebanon, OH; Hilltop Recording Studios, Nashville, TN.

Photographer: David McClister.

Arranger: Ron Thomason.

Echoes of the Mountains, the first collection of new music from bluegrass, old-timey, and Southern gospel stalwarts Dry Branch Fire Squad since 2001's Hand Hewn, is as simple as the sky is blue, laying out 14 ballads, breakdowns, and tall tales that are as rustic, unfussy, and direct as the genres that cradle them. Founder, lead singer, and mandolin player Ron Thomason (the only constant since the band's inception in 1976) may lack the high and lonesome crooning abilities of other bluegrass singers, but his slightly off-key, Waylon Jennings-ish baritone adds considerable emotional weight to every track, be it rowdy and bold ("Dixie Cowboy") or downright heartbreaking ("Echo Mountain") -- the latter will reduce anyone who ever loved a dog to a puddle of tears. This latest incarnation of the band, which also includes Brian Aldridge (guitar, mandolin, and vocals), Dan Russell (bass and guitar), and Tom Boyd (banjo, Dobro, and vocals), is as capable and tight as ever, trading licks on standout cuts like "Grayson's Train" and "Rovin' Gambler" and harmonizing like 30-year veterans on the gospel nuggets "(You Got to Pray to the Lord) When You See Those Flying Saucers" and "Power in the Blood," resulting in a batch of songs that ranks high amidst a career of highlights. ~ James Christopher Monger



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