this mountain / Press

“They are so friendly and capable of inviting in their neighbors for coffee and conversation at the drop of a hat. This is a great characteristic for a single individual to have. Just imagine visiting six of a similar disposition. All of them were so kind and generous. We journeyed to a different section of the house; on the wall were handmade paintings by friends, so they told me, a couple movie posters, and some band posters. We didn’t discuss the usual avenues of conversation that are covered during an interview, because I think the sound of their music does this for them. They are, as rhythm section, Andrew Gibbens once told me, “collaborative folk rock from Johnson City, TN.” Instead, I wanted them to tell me what it was like to be a band. But I requested that they help me journey, or guide me rather, into the band dynamic. I wanted to understand what it must be like to sustain a relationship such as this. So they took me into the rabbit hole...”

“Tennessee band This Mountain takes us to a place like this, a place where the hills are alight with what could pass as an awakening. It's like suddenly feeling like all of the blood has rushed to your head. It's a little like lowering oneself down into the vapors and the jets of a natural, warm water spring somewhere out there in those hills, in those nooks and crannies. This Mountain sings about "these trials, they come hard and fast," and, in that line alone, we know that they're willing participants in going out and seeing what more could or should be in-store for them that they're just not seeing. They're going to have to get out to where there's no reception, where there's an exclusion of everything that we think we just couldn't do without and they're going to have to lay it all on the line to determine how they're supposed to come out on the other side. They're not afraid of any of this taking too damned long, singing, "Don't fret my dear, I'll be back before the morning's light”

““Desert” by this mountain from Future Ghost. (Johnson City, TN) Bands always hate it when you compare them to other bands but in this case, you need to know this: this mountain sounds like Fleet Foxes, My Morning Jacket and Band of Horses got together and formed a super group in a cabin deep in the Tennessee hills. Our top ‘band to watch’ of 2012 and this track proves why.”

“Listed in the Top 50 Albums of 2012 by HearYa.com.”

“One of our readers commented on our Delta Spirit session that I should check these guys out. Obviously blessed with great taste since he frequents HearYa, I checked them out and was immediately smitten. A couple of hours of later, I was cranking up this mountain up on the stereo with a big grin on my face. this mountain are six dudes from Johnson City, TN that crank out a blend of folk and southern inspired rock. They blend the twang of the banjos with the punch of the electic guitars. They’ve been compared to Fleet Foxes and My Morning Jacket. And while lead singer Matt Martin does have a comparable voice to Jim James, if I was going to compare them to anybody it would be Buxton, who as luck would have it – I’m going to see tonight. Some of the best tracks on the album are Desert, War and Heavy. Apparently they kicked ass down at Bristol Rhythm & Roots. I am hoping they are going to pay a visit to SXSW next year or maybe up to Chicago.”

“There is a spirit that surrounds certain kinds of folk rock and bluegrass and it is one based in love... something about the soul of folk tugs at my own heart. It’s a feeling that everyone is invited and everyone is included. One of the literal definitions of folk is “people in general.” All people, everyone. Music that carries that descriptor in its narrative is bound to make all of us feel surrounded and loved. From first listen it is obvious that the men of this mountain not only understand that but they feel it just as I do. The band released Future Ghost last month and it’s a wonderful study of the definition of that word folk and that genre. We’ve had this album on repeat for days now with no signs of stopping and each time through I find something else to relate to, another note to dance to. In the fewest words possible (something totally foreign to we here at Folk Hive), that’s the highest praise I can think to bestow on an album… Get this album. GET THIS ALBUM.”

“...it was sure a memorable musical experience for me — one of those times when I know virtually nothing about a band and then, the moment they start playing, I immediately feel like I’m listening to a story told by a long lost friend... I’m certainly hoping to catch this mountain again soon.”

“Their musical sound is folk that’s moving more toward rock these days, and compares to the music of My Morning Jacket and Fleet Foxes. The group uses acoustic and electric guitars, bass, banjo and drums. Gibbens said the songs are generally “about relationships and self-reflection and living responsibly in the world.” Martin describes their thematic message as “coping with life. I try and convey a hopeful tone in the lyrics and even when a song covers a somber idea, it resolves. Even the saddest of themes tell us something important about being human. It tells us that we are in this journey together.””