Americana (Providence, R.I.)
One of the leading lights of the resurgent Americana scene, Rhode Island’s The Low Anthem deliver an affecting brand of music that would be right at home when this type of stuff was performed around campfires for the pure love of expression. Frontguy Ben Knox Miller sounds like he means it, and his three multitalented co-conspirators create an equally authentic framework for the band’s gospel-tinged throwbacks. The Low Anthem recorded its most recent album, the excellent Smart Flesh, in an abandoned pizza sauce factory — a cavernous space that somehow added another layer of atmosphere to band already swimming in it.
You’ll Dig It If You Dig: Neil Young if he were born in 1919 with access to only an acoustic guitar and harmonica; a more organic Tom Waits. (Jason Gargano, CityBeat)
~ "The Low Anthem's markedly pleasant tunes contain some of the sweetest sounds in modern Americana. The band's music features husky vocals, poetic lyrics, rich harmonies, even some heavy blues guitar. In concert, the group has been known to forgo PA systems and amplification in order to blend with its surroundings." (NPR)