One Monday evening, Brianna Lane and Cahalen David Morrison sat around repurposing pages from an old atlas into one-of-a-kind slip covers for their record, appropriately titled The Monday EP.
Their sound is a sweet cookie sandwich made of two accomplished songwriters and a creamy filling of mandolins, banjos, guitar and other various stringed instruments in the old-time Americana tradition.
Both are solo performers with their own albums and touring schedules, and after their paths crossed in Chicago, the two formed the Harbor Collective. As Brianna is based in Minneapolis and Cahalen in New Mexico, the ideas were communicated through a series of emails and phone calls.
With three tunes from each and the traditional Hop High there’s not a bad song in the bunch.
Brianna’s contributions include the opener about the conflict between her “need to be free” and a partner’s desire for a home (Till & Sow) and Birds with the poignant refrain “I wish staying wasn’t so cold/I wish leaving here wasn’t so hard/ I wish these winter boots were walking shoes too.”
Cahalen’s songs are Jealous Sea, the bluesy Dollar Or a Dime (Nobody In The World) and Sweet Little Cob of Yellow Corn, a bluegrass number he wrote for “Plants and their Friends,” a TV show out of Asheville, N.C.
Adding another layer to this slice of auditory deliciousness, each takes harmony duty on the others songs, weaving their voices together in a perfect mixture of delicate twang. Think Gillian Welch and David Rawlings or Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons.
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