Wednesday, August 22, 2012

CD Review: The Coal Porters "Find The One" With Their New Album

British bluegrass band The Coal Porters will release their fifth album entitled “Find The One” on September 18 in the U.S. The album was produced by British folk veteran John Wood (Pink Floyd, Nick Drake) and will be released through Prima Records.

Singer/songwriter Sid Griffin was originally from Kentucky before moving to London to help pursue his music career. He helped invent alt-country with the Long Ryders back in the 1980’s in Los Angeles, CA and now helped create the “alt-bluegrass” sound in London with The Coal Porters.

The new album begins with a more traditional bluegrass sound in “Barefoot On The Courthouse Lawn.” The band picks up the tempo for the high-energy song “Never Right His Wrong” featuring the lead vocals of Carly Frey. The album features some well-known cover songs including an almost unrecognizable rendition of David Bowie’s “Heroes” and a spot on take of The Rolling Stones’ “Paint It, Black.” Famed British folk guitarist Richard Thompson lends a hand on the original composition “Hush U Babe/Burnham Thorpe.” The band flex their “alt-bluegrass” muscle on the quick paced “Brand New Home” and “You Only Miss Her When She’s Gone” as they have achieved a new plateau in their career.

The Coal Porters performed at the London Folkfest this past July and are continuing on the road in the UK with shows that last until November. For more information on the new album and a complete list of live shows, please visit

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