Low Water Bridge Band “Back to the Valley” – Americana UK

Low Water Bridge Band “Back to the Valley” – Americana UK

Energetic alt-country telling genuine tales from the Virginia mountains.

Shaped in 2020, Low Water Bridge Band hail from Clarke County, Virginia, a city about 40 miles northwest of Washington DC. Nonetheless, extra importantly, additionally it is about 15 miles from the sting of the Shenandoah Nationwide Park and that is key to understanding this album which follows on from their debut ‘Midnight In Virginia’. It has a really highly effective aura of music being influenced by the quiet seclusion of the Virginia mountains with their darkish secrets and techniques, and so feels completely different to work produced by different bands in additional city environments,

The music is energetic alt-country, with numerous metal guitar performed fantastically by Justin Carver, however with hints of soul, blues and bluegrass added on varied tracks. Lead singer and guitarist Logan Moore has written lots of the tracks with different writing being carried out by the Kerns brothers, Alex and Riley, who present glorious harmonies along with their duties within the rhythm part. Different members are Rudy Bzdyk (piano, fiddle, trumpet) and James “Chainsaw” Montgomery (lead guitar).

It’s clear that members of the group have frolicked within the mountains and that this has influenced them in writing lots of the tracks. Alex Kerns moved along with his household right into a log cabin by the Shenandoah river and wrote ‘Place On a Hill’, with its waltz rhythm, as a tribute to their new house, saying “we started to develop as a household because the inspiration for creativity flooded our house”. Kerns additionally has the three/4 rhythm in ‘Small City Affair’ which describes the real-life issues of relationship in a small city the place everybody is aware of everybody else’s enterprise. He goes again to the mountains in ‘Clarke County Clay’ the place a tormented household man slips by ice and drowns.

‘Siren Of The Shenandoah’, with a banjo giving it a bluegrass really feel, is certainly one of two songs to hold on the custom of the “murder-ballad”. It had its origins in a canoe journey beneath a full moon down the river by Moore, whose creativeness was stimulated by the lonely cry of a fox. The opposite one of many two, ‘She Doesn’t Reply’, with its memorable refrain is essentially the most blues-influenced monitor with Hammond Organ added in properly.

It’s not simply Shenandoah that they write about. ‘600 Causes’, the swinging opener with plaintive vocals and a fantastic mixture of metal guitar, fiddle, harmonies and twanging guitar is an efficient story of them being initially excited to go to play in Nashville to assist “a diva star not fairly burned out”. By the tip of the music, after being instructed “in a reasonably harsh method” they weren’t going to be paid, they’ll’t wait to get again house to the mountains. In Riley Kerns’ country-soul ‘Hope It’s You’ the author hopes that friendship can change into extra, whereas Alex’s transferring ‘Gradual Down’ is about his feelings whereas coping with the loss of life of a very good good friend from most cancers.

The genuine tales from the wilds give the album actual coherence. This, allied to the swinging alt-country, makes it an excellent pay attention.

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