Sarah Mac and Grant Peeples – Live at the Mockingbird
Occasionally, when referring to a hearty minestrone soup, people will say it is the perfect marriage of ingredients. Now I understand that everyone’s tastes vary, but I would like to suggest that if you are hungry for something new or in need of something fulfilling , you should pick up a copy of Sarah Mac and Grant Peeples new record, “Live at the Mockingbird”. It isn’t soup, but it is hearty and the perfect marriage of all the right ingredients.
Both from Florida, Mac and Peeples came together at the Mockingbird in Tallahassee with a few fellow musicians on May 21st, 2013 to lay down some real truth and harmony.
From the get go on the Sarah Mac Band song “I’m Not Scared” everyone lays it on the table. Longineu Parson’s cornet licks are bursting with flavor as they dance over Danny Goddard’s and Peeples guitars and Erik Alvar’s smooth bass lines. Peeples and Mac waltz together lyrically from track to track. Rebecca Zapen’s violin burns besides Mac’s scorching verse in Peeples retelling of Bob Dylan’s “Things Have Changed”. “It’s Too Late To Live In Austin”, Peeples eulogy of sorts for what Austin was and what it still holds, mixes humor with hard shots of the truth of the times and Alvar’s mandolin flickering behind it all. Other highlights feature a cover of the Shawn Mullin’s tune “Light You Up” and the album finishes strong with one of my personal favorites, the Peeple’s penned “You’re a Slave To Your Imagination”.
Both Mac and Peeples distinct vocals and exceptional lyrics blend together seamlessly here and without any weaknesses, except for coming to an end too soon, it is well worth the going price. It’s good music and honesty in a time where both of those are getting harder to come by.
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