Molsky's Mountain Drifters | Closing the Gap

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Closing the Gap

by Molsky's Mountain Drifters

Bruce Molsky, Allison de Groot & Stash Wyslouch make up this laser-tight trio with an ear for lovely, lilting traditional melodies and songs on fiddle, banjo & guitar who's music is hopeful and optimistic and comes from the heart.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. There’s a Bright Side Somewhere
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2. Grey Eagle
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3. The Little Carpenter
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4. Fortune
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5. Spring of ’65
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6. Closing the Gap
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7. The Graf Spee
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8. Sweet Bride
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9. Hog Trough Reel
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10. Cumberland Gap
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11. All Gone Now
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12. Shooting Creek
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13. Let Me Fall
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14. K.C. Moan
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15. I Get My Whiskey from Rockingham
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16. Greenback Dollar
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Bruce Molsky - fiddle, vocals
Allison de Groot - banjo, vocals
Stash Wyslouch - guitar, vocals

About the title track - Closing The Gap - original by Allison de Groot, "I called this tune “Closing the Gap” on the grounds that it feels like a race. Each note tries to catch up with the next, narrowing the gap and steadily propelling the tune from one section to the next. "

From Stash: "This album is a snapshot of us after a period of intense touring, of learning each other’s “isms” and instincts, and as a result slowly developing our collective “isms” and instincts as a unit. This album is MMD in our natural and instinctual state of BEING; raw, playful and free, the way the music is meant to be."

From Bruce: "Allison and I met in Boston about five years ago over fiddles and banjos, with no real plans beyond just digging into some music and playing. We weren’t seeking a musical voice together, but it just appeared and snowballed as we went along. And at one point, our pal Tony Trischka pulled me aside and said “Why aren’t you in a band with her?” Fast forward and Stash, with his giant creativity and musical fearlessness and his guitar, enters our world, and we try out a little music together. Something feels immediately good, so we dig in. And then a few days later we try it again, and then we’re all shaking our heads. And by the third time there’s no doubt.

"Now it’s three years later and we’re excited to have this new body of work. For us, music is hopeful and optimistic and comes from the heart, and so we start the story off with this: “There’s a bright side somewhere, ain’t gonna rest until I find it,” sang the great Reverend Gary Davis. And we look at the world all around us, and that thought continues to resonate."

Recorded by Dan Cardinal at Dimension Sounds Studios, Jamaica Plain, MA
Mixed by Dave Sinko, Nashville, TN
Mastered by David Glasser at Airshow Studios, Boulder, CO
Graphics by Randall Martin, Beacon, NY
Photography by Susan Wilson, Cambridge, MA
Produced by Bruce Molsky, Beacon, NY

1. There’s A Bright Side Somewhere
2. Grey Eagle
3. The Little Carpenter
4. Fortune
5. Spring of ’65
6. Closing The Gap
7. The Graf Spee
8. Sweet Bride
9. Hog Trough Reel
10. Cumberland Gap
11. All Gone Now
12. Shooting Creek
13. Let Me Fall
14. KC Moan
15. Whiskey from Rockingham
16. Greenback Dollar

For historical notes, instrument tunings, lyrics and everything else about the tunes, go to MountainDrifters.com. Sign up for the mailing list while you’re there!

Big thanks to John Fischbach, Audrey Molsky, Mariel Vandersteel, and Patrick M’Gonigle for the love, support and patience!

All tunes Arranged by Molsky’s Mountain Drifters (Dielectric Music/ASCAP).
All tunes Traditional except Closing the Gap by Allison de Groot (SOCAN), and Sweet Bride by Kate Rusby (Pure Records)

Our Equipment:
Ewen Thomson violin 2015
Bruno Stefanini violin ‘Nadja’ 1992
Rodney Mohr violin bow 2015
Jason Romero banjo 2017
Outlier Workshop guitar 2009
The Mountain Drifters all use and endorse D’Addario Strings.

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