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by The Barrel House Mamas

The Barrel House Mamas represent the fluid union of three equally talented yet vastly divergent female musicians combining to create a seamless and even timeless sound that manages to be, all at once, sultry, undeniably sweet, yet strong and robust.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Maze of Summertime
5:27 $0.99
2. Sleep Misses Waking
4:54 $0.99
3. Riversong
4:09 $0.99
4. Socks and Shoes
3:05 $0.99
5. Molly's New Blues
4:26 $0.99
6. Die in My Bones
4:44 $0.99
7. Lament For An Ordinary Day
5:22 $0.99
8. Any Way You Like, Child
4:00 $0.99
9. Ecstacy
4:46 $0.99
10. On the Banks to Dry
4:36 $0.99
11. Communion
4:41 $0.99
12. Spirits
5:56 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Barrel House Mamas:
Sweet & Sultry Mountain Music

The Barrel House Mamas represent the fluid union of three equally talented yet vastly divergent female musicians combining to create a seamless and even timeless sound that manages to be, all at once, sultry, undeniably sweet, yet strong and robust. These three women draw from equally divergent backgrounds, cultural histories and musical influences such as Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, Mary J. Blidge, Natalie Merchant, Taj Mahal and traditional Old Time, and claim hometowns from rural Williamsburg Virginia to Philadelphia to the center of urban Atlanta. The result is a rare and crisp musical harmony that is perhaps best described by the pristine natural features of their current home in western North Carolina: gentle and mighty as the course of the Swannanoa River, wise, secretive and patient as the towering Blue Ridge Mountains, or layered and complex as the roots of a dense Rhododendron.
These three women: Eleanor Underhill, Molly Reed and Jane Kramer Edens, met while attending Warren Wilson College in the Swannanoa River Valley. In March of 2003, then only acquaintances who shared a love for music in its many forms and the rich culture and sounds of Appalachia, Molly, Jane and Eleanor were to perform individual sets of their original music in honor of an event hosted by the college celebrating women musicians. One week prior to this Women’s Music Night event in what was supposed to be a playful, one-time collaboration as a finale for the show, their voices and instruments meshed for the first time, echoing up a cold dormitory stairwell, stopping passers by, and converging into a deep and comfortable oneness often likened to that of blood relative performing groups.
Now two years later, they have flowered into a tight, fiercely unique and gracefully powerful musical trio, maintaining each woman’s individual voice in ever-more complex three part vocal harmonies featured in original songs and some creative arrangements of old favorites. Somewhere between the trickling twang of the banjo which slides effortlessly between intensely melodic solos, traditional Claw Hammer rhythms and funky percussive riffs, the bluesie pluck of their jumbo-bodied guitar, the folky arpeggios of their classical guitar, the classical and sometimes Middle Eastern-inspired flute lines and the soulful belting of heartfelt poetry, The Barrel House Mamas possess a sound which is truly these Mamas’ own. Earning a growing following in Asheville, NC where they reside as well as in Atlanta and other parts of the Southeast and recently receiving praise for their original songs and sound from Indigo Girl Emily Sailiers, the Barrel House Mamas have cultivated a rich musical garden, the harvest of which seems to simply be growing sweeter.

Jane Kramer Edens- guitar, flute, vocals
Molly Reed- guitar, banjo, vocals
Eleanor Underhill- banjo, banjo ukelele, vocals



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Mama mia!
This CD is wonderful. Makes you feel like you're in a bar listening to some beautiful music and watching the sun set over the mountains out the window. Vocals are superb - check out Communion for example. Musicianship is great - love the twangy mountain sound/instruments - Riversong and Spirits reeled me in but all the tracks are excellent. Buy this CD!!!

Miranda Morgan

Can't stop listening, every track is awesome!
Ever since I received this CD it's all I really listen to in my car. I can't say which song I like best because every track is awesome! The music is well written and I'm glad these three girls found each other.

Jan Davidson-Drexel

Smithers, press the repeat button!!


Really really nice
Someone asked me what kind of music this is - I smiled and told them it was hard to describe - but sultry, bluesy, warmth, and mountain are words that come to mind.
Like a big ol' snuggly blanket to get wrapped up in.
Just great!

Steve in Durango

What A Great Start!
The design of the mix of this CD was well thought out and brought out the talents of these ladies. Well-written music and fantastic delivery balance this offering.

Tim H

Beautiful harmonies
It grows on me the more I listen to it!

Carly Thompson

Beautiful music from a group of talented young women. I will be buying more copies to give as gifts. Keep up the good work!

Chelsea P.

The CD was well thought out, well organized and wonderful. The songs are all very different, but they flowed very well from song to song throughout the whole CD. I was impressed, seeing as its a first publication for this wonderful band!

Mary Jane

I just can't get enough!
The songs on this Cd are full of soul. No matter what mood I'm in, there is a song to sooth or uplift me! The only thing comparable to these young ladies voices are the sirens of "Oh Brother Where Art Thou." Silly analogy but once you hear their voices you will be under their folksy bluegrass trance!! Sadly they broke up, and two of the Mamas are now Underhill Rose. They are currently making another album & need our help to make it happen. I sent in a donation bc frankly I just can't get enough! Please find them on or on their webpage