Sydney Morning Herald – Album Review


THE MID NORTH
TALES FROM A MOUNTAIN (Independent)
★★★½

smh reviewYou would be forgiven for thinking that the lush and down-home country sounds emanating from the Mid North’s second LP come straight from a small studio somewhere in East Nashville, such is the strength and obvious understanding of this typically American music. And yet it’s Bellingen in the state’s mid-north from which Tales From a Mountain comes. To see them live is to see all five members huddled around the one mic, stepping closer when their part comes up, leaning in as one to capture the five-way harmonies they have mastered. The album captures this all and then some. From the rollicking banjo and fiddle-led tunes such as Corn Liquor and Delta Mae to the slower numbers such as Undertaker (breathtaking in its quiet beauty) and Storm Cloud, this is a masterful interpretation of bluegrass and Americana, delivered in a way which seems so simple and easy, and yet carries with it so much depth. SAMUEL J. FELL

Tales from a Mountain

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