Mason Porter | Thunder In The Valley

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Thunder In The Valley

by Mason Porter

Based around a core trio of guitar, mandolin and upright bass—as well as signature three-part harmonies, Thunder in the Valley displays the band’s ability to expand beyond its original folk and bluegrass roots.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hard Luck and Trouble
3:01 album only
2. Up In the Hills
2:58 album only
3. I Belong
4:07 album only
4. Radio
3:47 album only
5. Waiting For the World
2:39 album only
6. Old Freight Train
3:17 album only
7. Out On the Night's Wing
3:33 album only
8. Hangman
3:43 album only
9. Joaquin Murietta
4:34 album only
10. Thunder In the Valley
3:42 album only
11. Nowhere
2:51 album only
12. Snow Angel
5:08 album only
13. Delta Queen
3:18 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Thunder In The Valley was released December 10, 2009 via Philadelphia upstart Uncle Nicky Records. Produced by Tom Hamilton (American Babies, Brothers Past) and mixed by producer Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Hoots and Hellmouth), the album showcases the songwriting of band members Joe D’Amico, Tim Celfo and Paul Wilkinson.

Preserving the core instrumentation of acoustic guitar, mandolin and upright bass—as
well as Mason Porter’s signature three-part harmonies—Thunder in the Valley displays
the band’s ability to expand beyond its original folk and bluegrass roots with intricate
songwriting and arrangements.

The album builds song-by-song, as dobro and violin enter the frame, followed by electric
guitar, piano, harmonica and more. Opening track “Hard Luck and Trouble” starts with a
chaotic rumble that quickly dissolves into a sweet sway of bowed bass and acoustic
guitar, with each chorus bigger than the last. “Up In The Hills,” a good ol’ barn-burner
and staple at live shows, is captured with all the energy MP fans have come to expect.
The title track’s mighty intro is topped only by the ferocity of its ending refrain. And the
band’s ability to create masterful vocal arrangements is evident throughout the entire
record—but particularly near the album’s end, in songs like “nowhere,” “Snow Angel”
and “Delta Queen.”



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