Daily Archives: February 12, 2010

271. Steve Earle and the Del McCoury Band – “The Mountain”

Steve Earle does like his genre jumps. He’s not a complete chameleon and he doesn’t venture too far, but he does transform considerably within the ‘roots’ domain.

Here he justifies his facial hair with a deep dive into the world of bluegrass and general folkiness.

He teams up with McCoury crew, a posse of slack-jawed fiddlers, banjoists and tin-whistlerians.

These yokels (for I envisage them as Cletus from The Simpsons and his inbred clan) strum up a storm. It’s like one big barndance.

Steve holds nothing back, embracing all the genre’s B-roll of imagery. Look kiddies, there’s an Irish immigrant…and a miner’s miserable life… And an alluring lass breaking a farmboy’s heart and leading him a hanging death.

I’m a sucker for a tune about steam trains. And this set kicks off with one. Yeeee Haaaaa.

File under: Get ya yokel vocals here folks