“Ancient music, passed down from generation to generation, can influence and sustain a community. But with modern music like the Overmountain Men’s second release, one hears wise minstrels longing for a truth nearly gone. Elsewhere, the charming collective seems unaware of anything but the historical ambience of the room; the music breathes new life into the space between the musicians. The Next Best Thing also attempts to stand outside of time and clearly succeeds on its own humble yet self-assured terms. One feels the depth of so many generations moving forward as a single persistent voice on this album—that’s what the best music should do. No sophomore slump here—just an echo of some rather poignant ancient music crafted in the often troublesome 21st century.”

 

Look for it in the January/February issue of Relix.

 

The Next Best Thing out January 22nd on Ramseur Records!

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