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Mount Moriah's music is essentially the magic that happens between singer Heather McEntire and guitarist Jenks Miller, who met through the University of North Carolina music scene. Together, they're kids who were born to run but often chronicle the lonely days of young outsiders in small towns. Mount Moriah's second album, Miracle Temple, is also its debut for the label Merge, and from the opening melody of "Younger Days," it's apparent it's a good match. McEntire hopes that with August finally over, a relationship will be resumed along with college studies and general campus life. "Bright Light" kicks into a Rolling Stones–like bump. "I Built a Town," "Union Street Bridge," and "Those Girls" speak to lonely souls in the hot, steamy South, where McEntire acts out her role as Dusty Springfield—or it is Bobbie Gentry?—and aligns herself with the outcasts who just wish everything would melt away. Still, McEntire never attempts anything too brash; understatement is her key.

Customer Reviews

That voice!

Her Dolly-like voice is what grabbed me instantly. Luckily the rest fell into place from there. No matter how awesome a voice is, if the song writing isn't good it's not worth listening to. This album is great. There are a couple boring points but overall it is worth the money.


What wonderful vocals and music brought together in harmony! Loved it from the first song to the last!


Natalie merchant and dolly parton!


Formed: Chapel Hill, NC

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

North Carolina-based alt-Americana outfit Mount Moriah blend the neo-traditional indie folk of the Low Anthem with the fire and brimstone of Sixteen Horsepower. Formed in the late 2000s by Heather McEntire and Jenks Miller, both of whom had spent considerable time at the opposite end of the folk spectrum as members of Bellafea (post-punk) and Horseback (psych-metal), respectively, the project grew out the pair's long friendship and shared love of American folk music. Steeped in the dark, misty mountain...
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