Midtown Dickens – Home [album review and concert preview]

by Woody on June 27, 2012

Over the past few years we’ve become enamored with bands from the Tar Heel state. We recently got an email from a friend regarding another quality band from North Carolina, Midtown Dickens. They originally began as a duo, comprised of Catherine Edgerton and Kym Register. Now they blossomed into a quartet and dabble in the folk area.

Home is their third album and, while I can’t speak with any authority on the first two albums, this is a damn good listen. Rooted in Appalachian folk, Home is about as aptly titled as you can get. It’s easy to picture the foursome sitting around their home picking, strumming and singing until songs just come about. The album is wonderfully produced as well, featuring a host of instruments with clarity, yet allowing the soul of the music to shine right through.

“Crocodile Mile” will get you tapping your toes alright; sort of like The Lumineer had they been fronted by a woman and originated from the Appalachian region. There’s no way that won’t be a crowd-pleaser with its foot stomping beat.

Midtown Dickens is set to play at The Subterranean on June 28th. If you are a fan of The Avett Brothers, River Whyless or Gillian Welch, I imagine you would be a happy camper by the end of the evening.

Midtown Dickens – Walk Don’t You Run by Lotpblog

Midtown Dickens – Crocodile Mile (Cat’s Cradle 4/7/12) by Dan Schram

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

O'B June 28, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Many thanks for the intro to these fine musicians !! Just bought their album and picked up a really nice SBD matrix love show over at archive.org !!
HearYa is on my ‘must check’ daily list of websites for reasons just like this !! Thanks again, O’B

O'B June 28, 2012 at 4:14 pm

ooops …. meant ‘LIVE’ show – lol!! 🙂

Barton Hartshorn June 28, 2012 at 6:41 pm

Thanks for posting. I am looking forward to hearing more about this band!

Gemma D Lou July 8, 2012 at 11:48 pm

Hey Woody, they’ve got some beautiful harmonies in Walk Don’t Run. This is what I need to play when I’m working. Thanks for posting.

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