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Album Review: Mason Porter – Story Of The Rifle

December 17th, 2010

Mason Porter - Story Of The Rifle

Mason Porter
Story Of The Rifle
(Mason Porter, 2010)

Track List:
01. My Creole Belle
02. Wayfaring Stranger
03. Hotel Yorba
04. Frankie and Johnny
05. Girl From The North Country
06. Dark Hollow
07. Corrina, Corrina
08. Long Black Veil
09. Spike Driver Blues /
—   If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day
10. Dark As A Dungeon

After a sold out limited run of Story Of The Rifle, during the past Philadelphia Folk Festival, Mason Porter presents to us a new full-length version of Story Of The Rifle with traditional folk songs, cover songs, and 4 new tracks.  Although these songs originally belong to other artist Mason Porter infuse their own charm resulting in a very pleasing album.  No worries, you’ll still be treated to that Mason Porter goodness that’s found on previous releases like Thunder In The Valley, and Mason Porter (EP).  I mean the shared strong lead vocals, pristine harmonies, skillful musicianship, and a felt immense love for creating genuine music.

The song selection on this album is great.  There are timeless traditional folk songs but you’re also getting a slightly more contemporary selection from some of the cover songs.  Mason Porter adds such a refreshing energy to these songs.  “My Creole Bell” is a beautiful start to the album.  Mason Porter’s cover of Bob Dylan’s “Girl From The North Country” is incredible.  Sure, that’s one of my favorite Dylan songs but Mason Porter honestly does that song justice.  “Dark Hollow” has a toe tapping musical arrangement.  “Spike Driver Blues” transitions into “If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day” without missing a beat creating an enjoyable song combination. The Last track, “Dark As A Dungeon” is quite touching and perfect.   Truthfully, all these songs are done so well and Mason Porter gives them such a proper treatment.

Mason Porter’s Story Of The Rifle is a wonderful listening experience from start to finish and it’s highly recommend that you get your hands on a copy – it’s definitely worth listening to.

[LISTEN] Mason Porter cover “Girl From The North Country” (Bob Dylan) off of Story Of The Rifle

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Mason Porter: album release show for Story Of The Rifle is at 9:00pm on Friday, December 17th, 2010 at World Cafe Live (Philadelphia, PA) | Tickets: $10/$12 | With: Johnny Miles.

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