Six-piece Milagro Saints kicked off with a Tejano-flavored take of Guthrie's "Blowin' Down This Old Dusty Road," the melody rooted in Lee Kirby's piano and Smitty on lap steel. There's a hint of the band's mid-'90s alt-country beginnings lingering in its music, thanks to the density created by such a crowd of musicians. It's a bigger, more groove-filled sound than most folk rock, sometimes veering into jam-band territory.
The Saints interspersed originals among the Guthrie covers like "Pennsylvania Rose" that stay true to their original sound. But it was their Guthrie covers that highlighted their versatility.
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a congenial jam-band vibe and the warm-spirited songs of guitarist/vocalist S.D. Ineson make for a set that grabs the ear quickly and serves up some instantly memorable tracks. Ineson's unassuming but always-attractive melodies are buoyed by the Saints richly textured, broad and breezy grooves; the band's three fret-board players meshing masterfully with keyboardist Lee Kirby. The chorus hooks of Gonna Rain Again and These Things "About You" are about as radio-friendly as they get but this is definitely a disc where each song is attention-worthy.
5 STARS *****
For me, the best numbers are the more succinct ones, enjoyable as it can be to hear these guys flex their musical muscles. The love song These Things (About You), for example, keeps it sweet and simple, whilst the funky rock of Midnight Flame is catchily enjoyable
"With careful textures and strong melodies, the songs certainly stick on Chance & Circumstance"…environmental call to action "Don't Give It Up" deserves its seven minutes. This activist epic is built on a masterfully solid groove"
Heartfelt, funky, and just a little bit trippy in the spirit of
Donna The Buffalo. That’s how I’d describe the
Milagro Saints’ latest release, “Chance & Circumstance”.
These veterans of the roots music scene have transcended
the alt.country crowd they sprang from into a band that
creates Americana that’s deceptively modern. Whether it’s
the mandolin riffs setting a easy going roll or a well timed
accordion riff at just the right moment, they know how to
pay homage to traditional music without being limited by it.
The band bristle with unstoppable energy and collaborative invention
Stephen Ineson, the chief vocalist and songwriter for the Raleigh-based band Milagro Saints, said he and the band find themselves in a good place these days. In late 2008 the band released "WarmSoulSunshine," and recently released a limited edition CD titled "Blue Halo Valentine."
They are working on a new set of compositions, and later this year might release a live recording that Ineson said shows off the band's more improvisational side.
They recently added a new bass player, David Kaminski of Carrboro. "He volunteered his services after we played at Weaver Street Market," Ineson said during a phone interview this week. Milagro Saints also are becoming more musically integrated as a band, he said.
Music listeners can hear some of what Ineson is talking about this weekend, when Milagro Saints plays at Centerfest and the Carrboro Music Festival.
There's some fine writing on this album (highlights being "A Million Times" and "River of Love"
"A constant feature of the songwriting is a superb tuneful literacy"
A Breakthrough Group
Its hard not to think about the way Sandy Denny harmonized with Ian Matthews or Linda Thompson did with Richard Thompson when listening to how the voices of Joyce Bowden and SD Ineson flow through and around each other with the grace and beuty of ballet dancers on "Sunday" the terrific 3rd album by Milagro Saints
The tunes are articulate and full of imagery
Sweet rugged folk