At the time the film O Brother Where Art Thou came out and the subsequent buzz over the bluegrass and gospel inspired soundtrack it seemed like the resurgence of these peculiarly American music forms would be a permanent event. Years later the fervor and ardor that people initially had has tapered off. But the The Chapin Sisters don’t have any intention to of leaving this sound behind (despite their brief shot at fame with their cover of Britney Spears’ “Toxic” from last year).
I wrote about the Chapin Sisters first here and brought up the same points. The girls now have the production help of Thom Monohan, and at least on this song from the upcoming LP Lake Bottom, he’s done a wonderful job of using the bands strength, their harmonizing vocals, to capture the essence of the song.
Bonus songs from their debut EP:
And one from Tom Chapin (aka Dad)
P.S. Strangely on Swedesplease today I am highlighting music by a Swedish duo who also emulate the folk music of America. These two songs really go nicely together so head on over here to download “Would You Cry” by Blue Eyed Blondes.