Favorite

Silver Thread Trio: Trigger and Scythe (Prophette) 

As a band clearly in love with music decades older than themselves, the Silver Thread Trio comfortably borrows and blends styles and themes that have forever driven the American folk-music tradition.

Yet it's the trio's own songwriting and arrangements that are displayed on Trigger and Scythe. The album features 12 originals and just two traditional folk tunes, a balance that proves the band's talents run much deeper than their trademark three-part harmonies.

The songs cover lost loves, busted hopes, vivid dreams, sin, salvation and the ever-present specter of death—stories all spun with a deft eye for details, and narration that knows when to take a heartbreaking turn. Caroline Isaacs, Laura Kepner-Adney and Gabrielle Pietrangelo each contribute at least two songs.

The music—traditional, old-timey Americana, combining elements of folk, blues and country—was recorded with Jim Waters and a host of guest musicians (including Calexico's Joey Burns, John Convertino and Paul Niehaus, and the El Camino Royales) to create full and rich arrangements while still focusing on the trio's vocals.

"Days of Night," "Mockingbird" and "River's Run Dry" are songs of such faithfulness to the folk tradition, it's a surprise they weren't written in some other century.

After making their mark locally, perhaps more so as backup vocalists and collaborators, Silver Thread Trio shines by showing how their fresh songwriting connects so deeply with the past.

More by Eric Swedlund

  • Out on Top

    Big Meridox reflects on 20 years in Tucson hip-hop as he preps final shows
    • Aug 17, 2017
  • Know Your Product

    Stars Pick Their Top Five! This Week: Lucy Dacus
    • Aug 10, 2017
  • Light the Match

    Sedona’s own decker. kicks out a fiery new album
    • Jul 6, 2017
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

The Range

HOCO Fest 2017 Countdown: Mexican Institute of Sound

HOCO Fest 2017 Countdown: Willis Earl Beal (AKA Nobody)

HOCO Fest 2017 Countdown: DJ Orange Julius

More »

Latest in Rhythm & Views

  • Rhythm & Views

    American Monoxide “In Flight Mode” (People In A Position To Know)
    • Dec 18, 2014
  • Rhythm & Views

    Wight Lhite “Beyond the Satellites” (Paisley Shirt Records)
    • Dec 11, 2014
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Out on Top

    Big Meridox reflects on 20 years in Tucson hip-hop as he preps final shows
    • Aug 17, 2017
  • Know Your Product

    Stars Pick Their Top Five! This Week: Dead Cross
    • Aug 17, 2017
  • More »

Facebook Activity

© 2017 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation