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Thursday, 21 July essay writer 2011 10:42

Mountain Man 7/21/11

Mountain Man 7/21/11 facebook.com/mountainmansquint
Written by Jessica Lackey
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  • Date Recorded: July 21, 2011
  • Artist / Band: Mountain Man
  • Hosting Show: Mystery Train
  • Sound: Dan Kinney

Mountain Man isn't laying out bear traps or roughing it in the wilderness, but it is pioneering an alluring, primitive, American folk subgenre.

Despite what its name implies, three young, free-spirited women make up this distinctive a cappella styled ensemble. With nothing more than their voices and the occasional light strumming of a single acoustic guitar, Molly Erin Sarle, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig and Amelia Randall Meath create a sound that is as beautifully coordinated, airy and harmoniously peaceful as it is rustically unrestrained, raw and carefree.

The trio met at Bennington College in Vermont. They were brought together fortuitously when Meath overheard Sarle singing "Dog Song," a track that is now on the group's debut album Made the Harbor, released in July 2010.

Salre taught Sauser-Monnig the song and when the three sang it together, it just felt right. They began performing in 2009 at intimate house shows around the Bennington campus. They knew they had something unique and special, but they didn't realize just how so until a few casual recordings made it to the Internet and spread in borderline viral fashion.

Since then, the group has begun working with several record labels including Partisan Records, Bella Union, Spunk Records and P-Vine Records. They are currently on tour and set to play at Off Broadway on July 21.

Gallery photos by Kate McDaniel.

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