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BDL's 'To the Mountain' a musical breeze

Article Published: Apr. 12, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
BDL's 'To the Mountain' a musical breeze

With the persistence of a miner and the rhythms of a locomotive, Big Daddy Love's latest album, To the Mountain, carries their name to new fame.

To the Mountain has the subtle breeze of the Appalachian valleys and the depth of mountain seasons. The fellows in Big Daddy Love have made a big step in an enjoyable direction with the speakeasy tone that To the Mountain takes.

The soulful, heartfelt voice of Daniel Smith moves the good feeling gospel provided in "Spirit is a Window." With reverent joyfulness, Smith and the band pick up the listener in a familiar gentle way. But once the respects have been paid to the purer parts of a man's existence, they get down to knee slappin' and the primal groans of the soul.

"River Runs," one of the finest tracks on the album, evokes the dreams of years passed by. As only ones who have known the awe of sitting in a mountain riverbed as the waters course, "River Runs" takes time and transports the listener to those summer dreams.

The album is deeply influenced by the wealth of nature in mountain lands. "American Sycamore" takes a mountain road and weaves back into a holler, crests a ridge and picks up speed on the back of the neck. With bluegrass picking and quick tempo, the song tells of the industriousness of men and their scarring tools changing the face of mountain life. They lose the sycamore and they lose parts of themselves when they tear down the mountain as they barrel down that mountain road.

Big Daddy Love shows their strength and agility with each track. Unafraid to break tempo from a moment before, they light up the eyes while their sounds cross the mind.

They include a wonderful interlude, "Space and Time," which launches the album into a realm that is hinted at throughout the other tracks.

"Forever Rain" is perhaps one of the greatest songs ever made. The river in the minds of these musicians led them to the final track in "Forever Rain," and its effect is life changing.

To get a copy of the album, visit and look for To the Mountain by Big Daddy Love for a digital copy costing $8.99.

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