Boy from Black Mountain

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Boy From Black Mountain
Studio album by Beat Circus
Released September 29, 2009
Recorded 2008-2009 in Cambridge, MA and New York City
Genre Alternative
Alternative country
Length 46:24
Label Cuneiform Records
Producer Brian Carpenter, Bryce Goggin, Sean Slade
Beat Circus chronology
Dreamland
(2008)
Boy From Black Mountain
(2009)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Boston Phoenix 3.5/4 stars[2]
PopMatters 9/10 stars[3]

Boy From Black Mountain is the third studio album by Beat Circus. It marks the second release in songwriter Brian Carpenter's Weird American Gothic trilogy. Several songs on the album were inspired by Carpenter's response to his son's autism, Southern Gospel music, and Southern Gothic storytelling.[4] Larkin Grimm provides guest vocals throughout the album. Album artwork was created by Portland artist Carson Ellis.[5] The album won the 9th Annual Independent Music Award for Best Alt/Country album.[6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The February Train" - 4:16
  2. "The Life You Save May Be Your Own" - 2:59
  3. "Boy From Black Mountain" - 5:48
  4. "Clouds Moving In" - 1:25
  5. "Petrified Man" - 3:43
  6. "As I Lay Dying" - 4:13
  7. "Saturn Song" - 3:27
  8. "The Course of the River" - 1:45
  9. "The Quick and the Dead" - 5:00
  10. "The Sound and the Fury" - 4:11
  11. "Judgment Day" - 3:55
  12. "Nantahala" - 3:48
  13. "Lullaby For Alexander" - 1:59

Personnel[edit]

Beat Circus
  • Brian Carpenter - Lead Vocals, Harmonica, Accordion, Piano, Trumpet, Harmonium
  • Paran Amirinazari - Violin, Backing Vocals
  • Jordan Voelker - Viola, Backing Vocals
  • Paul Dilley - Upright Bass, Acoustic Guitar
  • Andrew Stern - Electric Guitar, Banjo
  • Doug LaRosa - Trombone
  • Ron Caswell - Tuba
  • Gavin McCarthy - Drums
Additional musicians

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Boston Phoenix review
  3. ^ PopMatters review
  4. ^ Thompson, Barry (2009-01-06). "Southern Exposure". Boston Phoenix. Retrieved 2009-01-07. 
  5. ^ "media Under The Radar". Under The Radar. 2009-07-24. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  6. ^ "Independent Music Awards Winners Named on Blurt Online". Blurt. 2010-01-27. Retrieved 2010-01-30.