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Tommy Crawford - Mountain Song (Chickadee Records)

24 April 2024

Some songs have deep and hidden depths within their lyrics, while others are built of ornate and complex sonics. Some songs set out to change the world, while others act as the conduit for mystical and meaningful philosophies. That’s fine if you like that sort of thing, but sometimes, the age-old adage holds true: The simpler, the better.

“Mountain Song” as the name might suggest, is one of those simpler songs, a pure, sweet and relatively unadorned celebration of the outdoors. Born from the joyful and honest experience of hiking through the Vermont countryside with his 9-month-old, Tommy Crawford has managed to create a song which is 50% old-time folk and 50% lullaby, something that is both instantly accessible and brilliantly elemental at the same time.

With just a bass line to underpin his guitar and a fiddle to flesh things out, an array of backing vocals and plenty of energy and enthusiasm, “Mountain Song” is a timeless and perhaps timely song, one that, at a time when the world seems to be constantly connected to screens and scrolling, media and other madness, it is worth remembering the simple pleasures and rewards to health and heart, not to mention the mind and soul that the act of pulling your boots on and losing yourself in nature for a while affords.

Seductive, simple and simply gorgeous.