- New Buryin' Ground The Grace Machine 4:32
"New Buryin' Ground"
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We are delighted to announce that 10% of the profits from this album will be going to the Open Hands Compassion Centre in Leicester. This wonderful charity provides hot food, food parcels and hygiene parcels for those in need, restored furniture, mentoring, English classes, pre-schools and many other community enterprises.
Many blessings, Matt Steady, Terl Bryant and Matt Weeks
The Grace Machine is:
Also featured on New Buryin' Ground:
Piano, Hammond, Keys on all tracks except Lay Your Burden Down
"I’ve long been persuaded by the work of the avid researchers-into-origins-of-music, in whatever field, whether David Munrow’s Early Music Consort, Shirley Collins and Alan Lomax’s explorations, or the work of the earnest white blues revivalists of the 1960s (see Al Wilson, Bob Hite), the idea of getting as close to the roots as possible has also had that hint of authenticity for me. Such work has continued into the present with musicians tracking gospel music back to its roots in West Africa and even Gaelic-speaking Scotland and thence to the slave plantations of the Americas and Caribbean.
This track dates in part to prison work-gang songs (think Mayall’s “Parchman Farm"), researched by the likes of Alan Lomax’s father in the 1930s: a very promising place to begin.
Mix together some earthy and soaring electric guitar from Matt Steady, reminiscent of those 60s blues men, a more-than-healthy rhythm section (drums Terl Bryant, bass Matt Weeks) to drive the whole thing, and seductively-persuasive “Come along …” vocals, all interwoven and multi-layered in a very 2021 way, and you have “New Buryin’ Ground” from “The Grace Machine”. In short, excellent.
And, dare I say it, the whole thing points us straight back to times much, much earlier than 1930s chain gangs, and hints at much deeper roots.
If the promised album is anything like as good as this sample, there is a real treat in store."