"Still, he thought of songs landlocked two hundred
years, living in coves and hollers, far from
home, by creeks and waterfalls, and springdrain
trickles,—songs that still remembered the salt salt sea
and held all past time green in the month of May
and made all love and death and sorrow sweet."
These lines from Kentucky poet Jim Wayne Miller’s poem titled “Harvest” remind us of what Daniel Martin Moore has realized with his new release of traditional songs. The tracks collected in Archives Vol. II - Old Stepstone are what Moore calls “beloved old tunes,” what the mountain person in Miller’s poem would call simply “old love songs.” Here are the primordial tunes recollected and sung once more for contemporary listeners. And who better to illuminate the heart’s bloom and ache in these songs than Daniel Martin Moore? A singer’s singer he is, and with not much more than an occasional gentle guitar accompaniment, he invites us to revel in “all love and death and sorrow sweet.”
Recorded in the winter of 2012-13 at his cherished Hardin County, Kentucky home, the songs are live, first takes recorded in what Moore describes as “a little room in the woods with a wobbly tape machine, a guitar, and one microphone.” He says he felt an obligation to remain true to the nature of the songs, most of them rooted in ancient oral tradition or passed down in family parlors.
released April 12, 2016
Produced & Recorded by DMM
Mastered by Kevin Ratterman