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Album: Choke Cherry Tree
# Song Title   Time
1)    Nothing Gets Me Down More Info...
2)    Akira Kurosawa More Info...
3)    One More Time More Info...
4)    Big Boy More Info...
5)    Trapeze More Info...
6)    Lighthouse More Info...
7)    Redwing Blackbird More Info...
8)    Life of Crime More Info...
9)    Sketchbook More Info...
10)    My Own Good Time More Info...
11)    Mississippi Cure More Info...
 
Album: Choke Cherry Tree
# Song Title   Time
1)    Nothing Gets Me Down More Info...
2)    Akira Kurosawa More Info...
3)    One More Time More Info...
4)    Big Boy More Info...
5)    Trapeze More Info...
6)    Lighthouse More Info...
7)    Redwing Blackbird More Info...
8)    Life of Crime More Info...
9)    Sketchbook More Info...
10)    My Own Good Time More Info...
11)    Mississippi Cure More Info...
 
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  • Personnel: Kyleen King (vocals, violin, viola); Mirabai Peart (vocals, violin); Anna Fritz (vocals, cello); Mina Greenberg Motamedi, Alice Whipple, Louise Moen, Phoebe Whipple, Sabrina Montgomery, Scout Funk, Ural Thomas (vocals); Chris Funk (electric guitar, lap steel guitar, Mellotron, synthesizer); Jenny Conlee (accordion, piano); Ralph Carney (reeds, tenor saxophone, bass saxophone, trumpet); Jason Elliott (trombone); Adam Lee (Mellotron, percussion); Daniel Hunt (drums, percussion); Rev. Shines (drum programming).
  • Audio Mixer: Adam Lee.
  • Recording information: Cambridge Sound Studios, Philadelphia, PA; Halfing Studios, Portland, OR.
  • Photographer: Carl Geers.
  • Ben Miller is a musician and songwriter who has his hands in enough different styles that it's hard to know where to file him. Is this folk? Country? Blues? Rock & roll? Hip-hop? None of them really covers the totality of his sound, and none of them is truly wrong, either. But one thing's for sure -- Miller is a Southerner, and at his best he's as strong and articulate a spokesman for what Patterson Hood calls "the Southern thing" as anyone working in the 2010s. Released in 2018, Choke Cherry Tree is the second album the Ben Miller Band have cut for New West Records, and it finds Miller fronting a new lineup, with Miller and his longtime musical partner Scott Leeper joined by multi-instrumentalists Bob Lewis and Rachel Ammons (who previously worked with the band Tyrannosaurus Chicken). Choke Cherry Tree is a big pot of sonic gumbo that runs hot-wired guitars up against marching percussion, finds fiddles making friends with drum loops and turntables, and makes room for horns and a string section while lost in Joplin, Missouri at four in the morning. Chris Funk of the Decemberists produced Choke Cherry Tree, and he does a fine job helping Miller and his cohorts find a balance as well as a commonality in these 11 songs, which ponder the past and the present, the personal and the political, the quiet and the forceful. Sometimes the thematic expanse of the album feels like it's about to pour outside its own boundaries, as the sore-throat guitars of "Akira Kurosawa" contrast against the moody acoustic ensemble of "My Own Good Time." But somehow Choke Cherry Tree coheres into a whole that's more than the sum of its tracks, and the sincerity of Miller's songwriting overcomes all. The Ben Miller Band sound like they're heading in five or six directions at once on this album, and Choke Cherry Tree is the rare record where that proves to be a virtue, not a failing. ~ Mark Deming
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