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Published: 2013/12/28
by Kiran Herbert

Scott Law
Black Mountain

It’s typical for Scott Law to share a stage with all the biggest names in jam and bluegrass music, but the 11-song Black Mountain positions his musicianship squarely at the forefront. Though the covers are strong (Danny Barnes’ “Get It While You Can” and Lester Flatt’s “I’ll Stay Around”) this album reflects Law’s own vision. The instrumentals (four in total, including “Melinda’s Reel”) highlight his expert, soulful guitar playing as a bandleader, and all of the tracks feature talented friends—from Darol Anger on fiddle to Aoife O’Donovan and Nicki Bluhm on vocals—enriching the sound. “Leave the Leavin’ Up to You” is the perfect amalgamation of Law’s style: vintage strings meet high-lonesome harmonies on a new classic that will have you humming for days.

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