It’s the first Friday of the month which means we can bring you a track from the next installment of The Magnolia Sessions which this time sees the duo of Sparrow (banjo, accordion, vocals) and Keith Smith (guitar, vocals). Performing under the moniker The Resonant Rogues, they’ve recorded nine tracks of their Appalachian, with a nod to European, country and folk on the now hallowed turf at Anti-Corporate Music and Black Matter Mastering HQ under the watchful eye of Dan Emery.
About the recording, the duo writes, ‘Through the darkness of isolation, music was the light that kept us going through 2020. This live, stripped-down collection of new original tunes captures our special connection, as musical collaborators and sweethearts.’
While engineering maestro Dan Emery comments, ‘We did this session early in the 2021 series. The insects had just started coming out. The only other one that we had recorded at this point was the first attempt to record The Hill Country Devil, and we had to scrap that one because the atmosphere was just not there. I was actually pretty nervous about doing this one because of how early it was, and how the other one had turned out. Thankfully, we had just enough background sounds to fill it out and Keith and Sparrow were nailing take after take, which is a very good thing because within a few minutes of finishing what would be our last take as all the insects had gone silent.’
Now click play below to listen to The Resonant Rogues with their more upbeat track from the session Misery Is My Company…
More On The Resonant Rogues
The fourth installment of the new season now sees release, with a record from The Resonant Rogues, whose dark Appalachian folk paints a picture of their lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina and on the road. Anchored by the songwriting duo of Sparrow (banjo, accordion) and Keith Smith (guitar), the duo has traveled the byways and highways of America and crossed the oceans with instruments in tow. From riding freight trains to building their own homestead, the pair are no strangers to blazing unconventional trails. At once rooted and adventurous, each song tells a story of real experiences, friendships, and challenges.
More On The Magnolia Sessions
The first season of The Magnolia Sessions delivered a new record the first week of every month from its launch in September 2020 through May of 2021. The series showcases bluegrass, dark country, and folk singer/songwriter acts, recorded in an intimate outdoor setting by a large magnolia tree at the Anti-Corporate Music/Black Matter Mastering headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, by owner Dan Emery. The first season yielded heartfelt releases from Matt Heckler, Jason Dea West, Johno Leeroy, Cristina Vane, Nick Hans, Casper Allen, Jeff Loops, Angela Autumn, Austin Stambaugh, and Ivan Macleod, many of which debuted on the Billboard Bluegrass Charts. Following a break over the Summer, the new season of The Magnolia Sessions relaunched in September, having since delivered albums from Lost Dog Street Band, The Hill Country Devil, and Joe Wunderle.
The Resonant Rogues The Magnolia Sessions Tracklisting:
02. How Far We’ve Come
03. Misery Is My Company
04. What Makes Me Think
05. Fool Of The Rules
06. Old Friends
07. Things I Said
08. When The World Slows Down
09. The Blackest Crow
The Resonant Rogues is:
Sparrow – Banjo, Accordion, Vocals
Keith Smith – Guitar, Vocals
The Resonant Rogues and The Magnolia Sessions is out today, 3rd December, via Anti-Corporate Music.