A Tear in the Eye Is a Wound in the Heart

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A Tear in the Eye Is a Wound in the Heart
Album cover art
Studio album by Black Prairie
Released September 18, 2012 (2012-09-18)[1]
Genre Bluegrass
Length 1:08:49
Label Sugar Hill Records
Producer Tucker Martine [2]
Black Prairie chronology
Feast of the Hunter's Moon
(2010)Feast of the Hunter's Moon2010
A Tear in the Eye Is a Wound in the Heart
The Storm in the Barn
(2012)The Storm in the Barn2012

A Tear in the Eye Is a Wound in the Heart is the second studio album released by Portland, Oregon-based bluegrass band Black Prairie. It was released on September 18, 2012. [2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Black Prairie[2].

No. Title Length
1. "Ms. Sindell" 0:24
2. "Rock of Ages" 4:04
3. "For the Love of John Hartford" 2:56
4. "Nowhere, Massachusetts" 3:07
5. "More Jam for Ras" 0:30
6. "How Do You Ruin Me?" 3:19
7. "Dirty River Stomp" 3:26
8. "Evil Leaves" 2:55
9. "What You Gave" 3:37
10. "Jump Up Jon" 1:25
11. "Winter Wind" 2:49
12. "Little Song Bird" 4:10
13. "Taraf" 4:52
14. "Richard Manuel" 3:49
15. "34 Wishes: The Legend Of" 7:51
16. "Lay Me Down in Tennessee" (Hidden Track) 19:36


The album was composed by Black Prairie.[3]

Chart performance[edit]

The album peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Top Bluegrass Albums chart.[4]

Chart (2012) Peak
US Billboard Top Bluegrass Albums 4

Critical reception[edit]

Several have noted that the album is beautiful, noting the vocals of Annalisa Tornfelt from Bearfoot. Steve Leggett of Allmusic wrote that "this fine second album shows the growth, poise, and vision of a completely separate band. A lot of this is due to the beautifully nuanced vocals of Annalisa Tornfelt, whose hushed, unhurried, and wonderfully balanced singing makes songs here like "Rock of Ages" and "Nowhere, Massachusetts" sound ageless, comforting, and wise."[1] Geoffrey Himes of The Washington Post described the album as "impressive" and that "Tornfelt’s cool soprano and minimalist lyrics rein in the band’s wilder impulses and focus the sound on her tales of disappointed lovers, revivifying nature and the suicide of the Band’s Richard Manuel."[5]


  1. ^ a b Leggett, Steve. "A Tear in the Eye Is a Wound in the Heart - Black Prairie". Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Album: A Tear in the Eye Is a Wound in the Heart - Black Prairie - Artists page". Sugar Hill Records. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Credits of A Tear in the Eye Is a Wound in the Heart". Artist Direct. Rouge Digital. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Black Prairie Album & Song Chart History - Bluegrass Albums". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Himes, Geoffrey (8 November 2012). "Black Prairie album review: 'A Tear in the Eye Is a Wound in the Heart'". The Washington Post. The Washington Post. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 

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