Friday, October 23, 2009


Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir
Shoutin’ Abner Pim Recordings
To say I was surprised when I put Ten Thousand in the CD player would be an understatement.
This is a group of four guys from Alberta producing an all original recording of music which has the sound of old south country blues. When I say old south, I mean a century ago. I was frankly blown away.
The Calgary-based unit features Peter Balkwill on drums; Bob Keelaghan on guitars and vocals; Judd Palmer on banjo, low slide guitar, harmonica, and vocals; and Vladimir Sobolewski with the upright bass. The instrumentation has a bluegrass feel.
In many ways the sound draws from an era when bluegrass, blues, country and gospel were basically all one and the same, before they began to diverge into separate musical genres.
The CD starts with the song Go Back Home. The song is a near anthem for the style the Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir.
From there the Choir has come up with 14-songs which fit the retro style.
Songs such as The Boig, Never Be Dead, Rainstorms In My Knees, and Dark Holler are among the cuts here which impressed.
This is a winning album which shows how a band can break away from the norm, and create a sound that you don’t hear everyday, but you should. Find this disk, it’s a rare gem.
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-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Oct. 21, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada


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