From the liner notes for
The Honey On The Mountain...
The contemporary folk music boom is a mish-mash of artists who are throwing in ingredients of rock, pop, folk, and jazz, with acoustic and electric, band and solo elements. At times, itís such a hybrid of so many music forms that just calling it "songwriting" might be the best way to describe what is happening.
Then along comes someone like Rob Laurens, who is a great contemporary songwriter and who demonstrates a clear knowledge, love, and respect for the tradition of the folk ballad within his art. In listening to these tracks, he manages to transport us back to ballads past while holding our attention within a framework of contemporary sound: a community watches a church burn down in the rock-tinged Cotton-eyed Joe, a traveler comes to terms with his relationship to himself and with a lover in the spacious Wondering How You Are, a soldier struggles with death, honor, and war in the haunting The Fields of Kingdom Come.
So sit back and listen, there are beautiful moments captured in these words and music, and enjoy the voice of a modern balladeer...
- Ellis Paul
Rob Laurens has won the New Folk Award for Songwriting at both the Kerrville Folk Festival and its sister festival, The Columbia River Folk Festival. He has returned to play the main stage at these and many other festivals.
Rob has lived and traveled throughout the United States. He has spent time learning folk music from Appalachian fiddle and banjo players, blues guitarists, and from recordings at the Library of Congress. Combined with his appreciation of the poetry and myth of American folk song, these experiences have helped him develop what has been described as "the rare ability to write songs that seem like they've always been there".
The Honey On The Mountain is available at www.cdbaby.com
Produced by Ellis Paul
Engineered and mixed by Tom Eaton
To hear clips from THE HONEY ON THE MOUNTAIN:
Rob Laurens - vocals, resophonic steel, acoustic, high-string acoustic, hollow-body electric guitars, harmonica, piano, accordion
Richard Shindell - harmony vocals
Lucy Kaplansky - harmony vocals
Keith Greeninger - harmony vocals
Ellis Paul - harmony vocals, high-string acoustic guitar, trumpet
Don Conoscenti - electric and lap steel guitars
Laura Risk - fiddle
Phil Antoniades - drums, percussion
Jackson Cannon - acoustic and electric bass
Josh Pawelek - drums, percussion
THE HONEY ON THE MOUNTAIN
The Honey On The Mountain is an all-new, album-length recording, featuring some of the most prominant voices on today's folk scene, such as Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky. Ellis Paul did a great job putting together a fine cast of musicians for the band, as well as adding some of his own singing and playing to the songs.
The album contains both old and new songs that represent the gammit of Rob's writing:
As I Was Walking Out Late This Evening
Wondering How You Are
Daniel in the Lionís Den
Last Train Home
The Fields of Kingdom Come
The Honey On the Mountain
The Blue of the Road
All the basics of the album -- including the lead vocals and guitars, as well as the bass and drums -- were recorded "live" in the studio. As a result, the album has a very soulful sound and each of the songs has a distinct and real groove. The album also contains a special, hidden-track of Rob and Ellis singing a duet of Woody Guthrie's "Pretty Boy Floyd".