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Find The One

The Coal Porters Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (17 Sep 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Prima Records
  • ASIN: B008KC2Z58
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,393 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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'Find The One' is the sixth album from ex-Long Ryder Sid Griffin's stellar new act the Coal Porters, one which shows the Coal Porters expanding their palette as they take acoustic folk and bluegrass into previously uncharted waters. 'Find The One'features (take deep breath) five new Sid Songs, an astonishing campfire cover of David Bowie's classic 'Heroes', a guest appearance by ex-Fairport Convention guitarist Richard Thompson, a two-part instrumental collaboration from the band's virtuosos: fiddler Carly Frey and banjo man John Breese, as well as the first ever appearance of BBC radio legend Brian Matthew on an alt-country recording! To say nothing of a sitar and fiddle battle on the Rolling Stones' immortal Paint It, Black. Yes, a real sitar. Produced by the legendary John Wood, the man who recorded Fairport Convention in their glory days and who produced Nick Drake, Squeeze and Beth Orton, 'Find The One' was recorded in north London earlier this year. It was mixed by Ed Stasium in Colorado USA, Ed being best known as Phil Spector's main engineer and for his work with the Ramones. Stasium mastered it too so it is the best sounding Coal Porters recording ever done. The album features a fold-out poster with lyrics on one side and images of the band on the reverse. The disc itself also contains a six minute documentary film of the band by the award-winning team of Toby Cameron and Richard Crandon.


Maverick - 'British bluegrass at its brightest, breeziest and burlesque best…Their finest work to date. Find The One has a contemporary and timeless feel about it… This album contains songs and styles for all ages.' * * * * *

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By folkfan
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This album is permanently in my car, I play it over and over again and there is something for every mood. The CPs are wonderful live and their infectious enthusiasm shines through in this CD. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Coal Porter's Definitely "Find The One" 24 Sep 2012
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Living in London has its advantages for an Kentuckian ex-pat like Sid Griffin. You get to drink strong beer, the town reeks of history, and being American gives you a decided advantage in the European alt-country scene. After all, Sid helped invent alt-country with his first band, the Long Ryders, back in 1980s Los Angeles. In the ensuing years, Griffin has pioneered a new genre, "alt-bluegrass."

Find the One, the fifth album by his band, the Coal Porters, was produced by English folk-rock legend John Wood (Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, Beth Orton, Squeeze). The album will be released in the U.S. on September 18, 2012, on Prima Records Ltd. through Burnside Distribution, and digitally through IODA. Two installments of a ten-minute film about the Coal Porters will be uploaded to YouTube in August.

Recorded in north London studios once used by the likes of the Clash and Queen, the new album contains five new Griffin songs. Guitarist Neil Robert Herd added three brilliant tunes to the pot, fiddler Carly Frey contributed two songs that, according to Griffin, "wed acoustic folk with the Left Banke's `Walk Away Renee.'" The band's longtime encore "Paint It, Black" finally got recorded, with a sitarist evoking the Rolling Stones original. Also included is an acoustic, campfire-style take on David Bowie's "Heroes."

In addition, two legendary guests make quite different but equally wonderful appearances on Find the One. Folk-rock guitar hero Richard Thompson plays on Sid's new song "Hush U Babe," a harrowing tale of escape from Dixie via the Underground Railroad. And British DJ Brian Matthew, most familiar to Americans as the voice introducing The Beatles on more than a dozen of their live sessions for BBC radio, performed the same chore for the Coal Porters, introducing Griffin's song "Ask Me Again" on Find the One.

The Coal Porters started as an electric band, "kinda a Long Ryders-Lite" according to Griffin. But a decade ago Griffin produced an album for U.K. folk-rockers Lindisfarne and he caught the acoustic folk music bug. With guitarist Herd riding shotgun the duo revamped the Coal Porters as a mandolin, fiddle, banjo, guitar and doghouse bass act -- no amps, no drums but lots of harmonies and hot soloing. "Our live fees went up, our gig calendar became crammed . . . I dunno, why I didn't think of it earlier?" laughs Griffin today.

In the past decade, Griffin has started a family, written and published three books, heard his scripts performed on late night BBC national radio, toured, toured some more, and learned his Coal Porters can affect an audience with great songs, harmonies and not much volume needed.

"My music has the same passion it always did," states Griffin, "It is still anthemic as it was when I sang `Looking for Lewis & Clark.' But now I find myself playing to audiences who are intensely listening, and who pay rapt attention.

"For any artist such devout attention is so terrific. It is such a blessing. I am grateful to receive it. With Find the One the Coal Porters are paying back that devotion. And I hope you can hear it on the record too."
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3.0 out of 5 stars +1/2 - Bluegrass-tinged progressive folk from former Long Ryder 12 Oct 2012
By hyperbolium - Published on
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The Coal Porters are often billed as an alt.bluegrass band, and while there's bluegrass to be heard in their harmonies and acoustic picking, their loose-jointed joy rings more of the 1960s folk revival than of modern-day bluegrass festivals. Band leader Sid Griffin has been widely quoted as wanting to make acoustic bluegrass-styled music lyrically relevant to current audiences, but the album's themes - simple joys, forsaken relationships, biblically-inspired stories and historically rooted dramas - are more timeless than contemporary. The album's two covers - a fiddle and harmonica take on David Bowie's "Heroes" and a harmony-laden version of the Rolling Stones' "Paint it Black" - may be modern in sentiment, but they're nostalgic in form. The Porters' music is influenced both by the progressive folk of Griffin's adopted England and the bluegrass of his native Kentucky; which makes sense, since both bluegrass and blue grass (that is, poa pratensis) have roots in Scotland, Ireland and England. The enhanced CD edition of this release includes a short video documentary about the band, providing a glimpse of Griffin as a bandleader, and the band as an ever-evolving outlet for his musical interests. 3-1/2 stars, if allowed fractional ratings. [©2012 Hyperbolium]
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