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Josh Joplin and Garrison Starr have enjoyed a measure of success as solo singer/songwriters, but their debut as the duo Among the Oak & Ash suggests they may want to combine their talents permanently. This mostly-traditional folk collection is a lean, tightly focused effort that finds new vitality within even the most familiar tunes. Somewhat in the mode of Billy Bragg, Joplin and Starr bring out the relevance in time-honored ballads like “Hiram Hubbard,” “Peggy-O,” and “The Housewife’s Lament.” There’s a hint of early R.E.M. in their crisply rocking treatments of “Joseph Hillström 1879-1915” and “Angel Gabriel.” Though they sing in close harmony for much of the album, each gets moments in the spotlight – Joplin turns in a tender reading of “Pretty Saro,” while Starr shows some unexpected bite on “Come All You Young & Tender Ladies.” “High, Low & Wide,” an original, carries the pang of a classic Appalachian lament. A rambunctious remake of the Smiths’ “Bigmouth Strikes Again” proves oddly successful. Within these tracks is the sense of two veteran artists getting in touch with something primal and honest.

Customer Reviews

There's gold in them thar songs.

I LOVE this album. Most of the songs might be traditional folk songs, but, with the exception of the Smiths' "Bigmouth Strikes Again", I'd never heard them, and this album brings them back to modern life with the intensity of a reincarnated civil war soldier. People have decried the internet for helping to destroy the music industry, but it's also given us musicians who have a true passion for what they're doing and aren't just following fleeting pop music trends. I realize that is little solace for all of the passionate, yet starving, musicians out there. That's why I'm begging you people to purchase this album, so that Josh and Garrison will be able to buy the necessary food to give themselves enough energy in the future to pick up their guitars, push record and make a follow-up.

sweet album

I'm not one for folky-ish tunes but this album is sweet. The songs have this old-world feel but are really well put together. I'd definitely recommend this.

Perfect album for the summer

Every song on this album is amazing. Fresh, different, yet traditional. Really worth the buy.


Formed: New York, NY

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s

Among the Oak & Ash are a duo consisting of the established singer/songwriters Josh Joplin and Garrison Starr. Joplin, based in New York, and Starr, in Nashville, met while on the road performing their solo music. At Joplin's suggestion, they got together to record an album of traditional folk music. The eponymous album was completed in six days, without any label affiliation having been set. Verve Forecast then stepped in to pick...
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