Music

By a String

by The May North

Released 11/08/2014
Released 11/08/2014
This third original album by The May North was recorded and produced by Ryan Young of Trampled by Turtles at Neon Brown Audio Recordings and was released at a sold out show at the Turf Club, St. Paul, on November 8th, 2014.
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"The world is built on stories and the May North have more than they can contain. The quartet brings music from Northern Minnesota and folk and bluegrass figure heavily into their aesthetic. Their new album, By a String, is 100 percent now, and yet it sounds like daring music of the past." - Youa Vang, City Pages, November 7th, 2014

By a String kicks off with a toe-tapping classic for the Americana playbook, “Whiskey in the Rain,” and then moves seamlessly through themes of lost love, mountain road trips and even urban strife. The album title is borrowed from a line in the song, “Josephine,” in which a heartbroken North Shore narrator looks back fondly on simpler times when he “had the world held up by a string.” Album highlights include the raucous “Look Again,” possibly the group’s most furious musical statement to date with touches of Kentucky bluegrass speed and Memphis blues swagger. When the dust settles, the band lets out a deep breath and shows a subdued spiritual side in songs like “Time On Your Hands” and “Savannah.” During the writing of the album, fiddle player Stephanie McCorkell’s grandfather passed away, and the song “Tired, Hungry and Broke” includes quotes from and stories of her grandpa Gordon’s wit and life. With a jubilant, sing-along chorus and driving fiddle breaks, the song showcases The May North’s knack for delivering sincere, heartfelt lyrics alongside feel-good music that makes you want to get up and dance.
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