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Review: American Nomad, “Country Mile”

2 Comments 3 August 2014

Review: American Nomad, “Country Mile”

“American Nomad have crafted a creative, riveting and wonderful world of music that blends the best of folk, blues and bluegrass for a unique sound all their own. The players are accomplished musicians and the vocal performances of El-Tayyab and Parkerson deliver just the right dose of emotional depth and versatility that the songs on Country Mile call for.”

Artist: American Nomad

Album: Country Mile

Genre: Americana / Bluegrass

RIYL: The Civil Wars, Ray Lamontagne

American Nomad Country Mile

American Nomad is the creative and completely cool acoustic collaboration between Hassan El-Tayyab and Shiloh Parkerson, a group rooted in the Bay Area Americana music scene. There is a strong narrative thread running throughout this group’s debut LP, Country Mile. There is a heavy nod to traditional folk-blues-bluegrass, but still enough of a modern take to make this a record that would appeal to a wide cross-genre of music fans.

There is an important distinction to make here, however. El-Tayyab and Parkerson are the group’s lead vocalists, who carry the load of the emotional weight evenly between the two of them. But as good as they are as vocalists, they don’t do it alone. Ryan Lukas (stand-up bass, harmony vocals), Matt Crimp (violin), Mikiya Matsuda (pedal steel, dobro), Mike Daillak (drums), Patrick Sauber (banjo) Tristan Clarridge (violin, cello), Laurie Lewis (guitar), T Sisters (harmony vocals), Kathy Kallick (harmony vocals) and Spencer Jarret (harmonica) all contribute to the musical success of this record.

Country Mile features 11 original songs alongside two wonderful (and wisely chosen) covers by Martha Scanlan (“Hallelujah”) and Ray Lamontagne (“Big Boned Woman”). Standout tracks on this solidly delivered record include “1849,” “Roam and Travel,”  “Love of My Life Tonight,” “Old Time,” and “Magpie.” But it’s the complex and fantastically arranged and performed title track that makes a bold statement about the group’s unique style. It’s warm, polished and still completely vulnerable to the elements of the outside world.

American Nomad have crafted a creative, riveting and wonderful world of music that blends the best of folk, blues and bluegrass for a unique sound all their own. The players are accomplished musicians and the vocal performances of El-Tayyab and Parkerson deliver just the right dose of emotional depth and versatility that the songs on Country Mile call for. They are equally rooted in traditional styles and progressive in their structure. This is the type of record that sneaks up on you when you least expect it - pretty soon you will be hitting the repeat button and relaxing to the way these songs just saunter through the speakers.


American Nomad website: http://www.americannomadmusic.com/

 

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2 Comments

  1. Abbays Reloso says:

    Since your article is about their album “Country Mile” Where can I grab a copy of their album at an affordable price?

  2. You can find a buy link to their record here: http://www.americannomadmusic.com/music/


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