Already an East coast favorite, the Brooklyn-based band, The Morning Pages, is prepping itself to receive some much-deserved love from the rest of the country. After listening to the lead single, “My Name is Lion,” I know this much is true. Combining “country authenticity with the grit of city life,” (not to mention some distinguished lead vocals that, at times, oh-so wonderfully favor Neil Young), The Morning Pages makes loving music easy, like the sound is custom-made, just for me.
I’ll let the press release do the talkin’:
Bringing musicians like The Pierces for the harmonies, as well as recruiting piano work from Alec Higgins (Alberta Cross) and fiddle accompaniments from Gillian Rivers (Nicole Atkins), Rising Rain is a classic country-folk record that’s as much Beale Street as it is Bleecker Street. The album’s standouts include the heart-wrenching folk ballad and first single “My Name is Lion,” joyous foot-stompers like “With The Lord” and “This City Keeps Me Down” — tracks that are half folksy soul, half rooftop jam sessions. The record also has a number of plaintive, big-city laments like “Move to the Country” and “Makes Me Cry.” Above all, the album fuses Nashville twang with New York sensibilities as few bands have done before.
HearYa did a fantastic live session with the band that you can listen to here.
Rising Rain comes out May 11, 2010 on Zealous Records.