Monday, March 4, 2013

The Miners - Miners Rebellion

Andy Shahan, Keith Marlowe, David Thornburgh and Scott Donnini at The Grape Room.

The Miners are an original alt country band based in Philadelphia, PA. The Miners are: Keith Marlowe (lead vocals, guitar), Andy Shahan (drums, vocals), David Thornburgh (pedal steel and lap steel guitars), and Scott Donnini (bass, vocals).

Miners' Rebellion their debut EP is full of great orignal songwriting, sharp steel, toe tapping beats and unique vocals, though many times throughout the album I felt like I was listening to The Traveling Wilburys Alt/Country ego. Looking forward to more from this band, definely a band on the rise in the Americana scene.

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The Miners debut release, Miner’s Rebellion, is a six-song EP recorded over 3 years at Match-up Zone Studio (aka Keith Marlowe’s basement) was released November 5, 2012. The EP’s 6 tracks (Miners’ Rebellion, I Recall, Doggone, Norton’s Pond, W.T.A, and Cold Steel) are all original songs penned by Keith Marlowe. Miners’ Rebellion was recorded entirely on 8-track ½” reel-to-reel tape. The tracks were then digitally mixed and mastered at Philly’s legendary MilkBoy The Studio. Marlowe produced and engineered all of the 8-track sessions while Marlowe, along with MilkBoy’s Joel Metzler, mixed the EP. Miners’ Rebellion is self-released through Marlowe’s own Match-up Zone Music and is available in both CD (at Bandcamp, the band’s website and select independent record stores) and digital formats (at iTunes, Amazon, etc.).

What Others Are Saying
No Depression, Easy Ed (Jan 08, 2013) –“This EP... makes me feel good. And I respect it... It has a place at this table. It’s another story of “everyman” they are us.”

AmeicanaUK, Michael Farley (January 31, 2013) “The Miners have a lot of talent as this EP shows, let’s hope a full length album is not too far behind.”

Teenage Kicks, Trip McClatchey (Nov 16, 2012)“A six song cornucopia of lilting, mournful melodies..Lead singer and songwriter Keith Marlowe's no-nonsense vignettes recall the dusty charm of Green on Red's Dan Stuart.”

Get It On Vinyl, TJ (Nov 12, 2012) “A band that is willing to go against the norm and write their own rules when it comes to producing music…“Miners’ Rebellion” leads off with the title track, telling an amazing story with a strong pedal steel driving the prominent unique vocals of lead singer Keith Marlowe."

Jim's Country Music Reviews, Jim Moulton (Jan 13, 2013) “ This EP has the feel of the great alt/country groups of the last three decades, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Gram Parsons.”

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