Charming Axe sings 3-part Appalachia to perfection... It is not surprising that Appalachian harmony made its way to Chicago and infected Rob Newhouse, Eugenia Elliott and Hannah Hill, collectively known as Charming Axe. Not surprising because it’s happened before, right? Northern youngsters latch onto Appalachian songs and can’t let go. And we are all the better for it. We are lucky that these three pure voices found each other. Their album, Gathering Days, has 15 songs, and
@@@ Charming Axe: Gathering Days (Self-released, 2014). Rootsy Americana I got to via a music publicist. Opens up acapella with a big swelling organ in the opener, Close Your Eyes and painfully pretty vocals in the second tune Beyond the blue. It’s great to hear some younger musicians not oversinging but hitting the notes and singing at a very high level. It reminds of both Martha Redbone’s record using the poems of Robert Blake as well as Chatham County Line’s great live
Radio One Chicago 88.7 FM Album Review "Comprised of musicians affiliated with Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music, Charming Axe (vocalists Eugenia Elliott and Hannah Hill and vocalist/guitarist Rob Newhouse) delivers Gathering Days, a fine addition to the folk music canon.
Gathering Days, a mix of originals and covers, kicks off with a take on James Taylor's "Close Your Eyes"; breathtaking three-part harmonies and church organ hook the listener immediately. The Newhous