Mount Moriah, Live Session #95, featuring unreleased “Swannanoa”

by oz on November 4, 2011

Mount Moriah is my favorite discovery of 2011. Founding members, Heather McEntire and Jenks Miller, admit to resenting their North Carolinian Southern Gospel roots in their former bands. In creating Mount Moriah, however, they embrace folk, gospel and alt-country in pursuit of a gorgeous and melancholy batch of songs that underscores the changing season.

After spending some time with Mount Moriah’s debut album, it’s odd to me that McEntire was reluctant in entering Americana territory in her music. Her vocals are stunning and remind me of country music pioneers like Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn. Her voice is sweet, but at times it carries a tinge of sadness – perhaps anger. It’s perfect for the subject matter in their songs that range from sorrow to redemption.

As we’re headlong into Fall and about to enter the grips of Winter, McEntire’s vocals and the sound of Mount Moriah are perfect for mornings that call for hot coffee, long underwear, flannel shirts, wool socks and those old leather boots that have been tucked away. This is a special session from a band that deserves high praise for their debut album. Mount Moriah were also kind enough to share an incredible new track entitled “Swannanoa.”  It looks like we may just be scratching the surface on what this band has in store.

For you Chicagoans, you can catch Mount Moriah at The Vic on November 8th and 9th opening for The Indigo Girls.

Mount Moriah Band Introduction

Exclusive: Mount Moriah – Reckoning (Videos: YouTube | Vimeo)

Exclusive: Mount Moriah – Telling The Hour (Videos: YouTube | Vimeo)

Exclusive: Mount Moriah – The Letting Go (Videos: YouTube | Vimeo)

Exclusive: Mount Moriah – Swannanoa (Videos: YouTube | Vimeo)

Download the Mount Moriah Live Session as a zip file.

Mount Moriah – Reckoning (Live in Chicago @ Shirk Music + Sound)

Mount Moriah – Telling The Hour (Live in Chicago @ Shirk Music + Sound)

Mount Moriah – The Letting Go (Live in Chicago @ Shirk Music + Sound)

Mount Moriah – Swannanoa (Live in Chicago @ Shirk Music + Sound)

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Paul November 8, 2011 at 11:29 pm

What was the date of this session? The mp3s aren’t tagged with the month and day, just 2011.

Shirk November 9, 2011 at 11:47 am

Paul, the tracking date was 7/11/11. Do you feel like I should include the exact date of the recording in the album title? I figured nobody cared…. But if it’s important to some, I’ll keep doing it.

Amy Beneventi November 11, 2011 at 9:28 am

I care! That little stuff is interesting, and fun. Please keep doing it.

Rich November 16, 2011 at 11:22 pm

I really like Swannanoa. Parts of the vocal structure remind me of Hot Water Music. I’m looking forward to a new album from them.

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