The Americana season gets off to a flying start this month at Sage Gateshead with GRAMMY winning singer-songwriter Patty Griffin. More concerts to follow from Frankie Lee, The Lone Bellow, Giant Sand, Tim O’Brien and more.
The press release for Patty Griffin’s new album talks of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Rumi and Rilke, but you don’t have to have a grounding in American transcendentalism or Eastern or German romantic mysticism to have your heart beat along with hers.
Often tribute albums can be overly reverent or lacking in musical coherence. Remembering Mountains successfully avoids both of these pitfalls. In fact, the only disappointing thing about these songs is that we will never get to hear Karen Dalton singing them herself.