11 Songs, 30 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In the Cool of the Day is Daniel Martin Moore’s heartfelt homage to the old-time Appalachian spirituals that he grew up listening to in Kentucky. Featuring spare arrangements and a light folk-gospel feel, the tone of the album is that of a subdued celebration of faith. He’s joined by many talented guests, among them Jim James of My Morning Jacket and cellist Ben Sollee, on banjo, guitar, mandolin, upright bass, fiddle, piano, and drums, yet the focus throughout is on Moore’s warm and soothing voice. Many of the songs, such as the title track, “All Ye Tenderhearted,” and “Softly and Tenderly,” feature little more than piano, cello, or acoustic guitar accompaniment. Others, notably “In the Garden” and “Up Above My Head,” have a distinct jazzy feel, while “Dark Road” is rooted in bluegrass. Moore’s four original songs, especially the closers “Lay Down Your Lonesome Burden” and “Set Things Aright,” fit in well among the traditional selections, which is a testament to his songwriting skill. In the Cool of the Day is a charmingly understated return to Moore’s roots.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In the Cool of the Day is Daniel Martin Moore’s heartfelt homage to the old-time Appalachian spirituals that he grew up listening to in Kentucky. Featuring spare arrangements and a light folk-gospel feel, the tone of the album is that of a subdued celebration of faith. He’s joined by many talented guests, among them Jim James of My Morning Jacket and cellist Ben Sollee, on banjo, guitar, mandolin, upright bass, fiddle, piano, and drums, yet the focus throughout is on Moore’s warm and soothing voice. Many of the songs, such as the title track, “All Ye Tenderhearted,” and “Softly and Tenderly,” feature little more than piano, cello, or acoustic guitar accompaniment. Others, notably “In the Garden” and “Up Above My Head,” have a distinct jazzy feel, while “Dark Road” is rooted in bluegrass. Moore’s four original songs, especially the closers “Lay Down Your Lonesome Burden” and “Set Things Aright,” fit in well among the traditional selections, which is a testament to his songwriting skill. In the Cool of the Day is a charmingly understated return to Moore’s roots.

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