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 – 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)