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Rivers that sing, Trees that grin, Songs that ride on the wind. Men From Earth takes folk to the mountain and conjures a wildwood dream.

This is the sound and these are the songs of Men From Earth. Organic Folk Rock, Earth Music, Mountain Music. Four generations of players, honest heartfelt lyric, sound and vocal harmony in the tradition of the classic string bands and artists. Whether they hail from bluegrass, folk or rock the common thread is always a deep respect and commitment to the craft of song, lyric and story.

MFE's Wildwood Echoes is, to generalise, a country album with lashings of blues, but to be more specific, it’s a collection of songs rich with intent, distilled down to their simplest form so they can speak clearly and plainly.

They deal, in part, with finding a sense of peace, but more importantly, as Bird says, the album, lyrically, “is about connection. I have a really strong connection with the land, that’s where everything comes from. The elements, critters, trees, the rivers – that physical environment, it leaves an indelible mark on your soul. They’re my brothers and sisters, that’s who I’m really honouring when I’m telling these stories.”

Bird’s lyrics on Wildwood Echoes, which came together over a few years post-Riversong, spring from his heart, inspired by his own place on earth, in amongst the foothills of Tasmania’s Dial Range. It was here in The Valley that the songs grew, inspired by the land of which Bird is custodian, the towering trees, the rivers and wildlife all playing their part in helping to build these ideas. Pre-production was also taken care of in this home environment, further cementing the ‘men from earth’ ideal.

The sounds themselves that adorn this record are likewise robust and earthy – mandocello, banjo, mandolin, double bass, guitar and subtle percussion all combine to lend a country feel to proceedings, walking that Americana line whilst at the same time oozing Australiana, with a solid injection of the blues infused for good measure.

The band, which comprises four generations, lend solid vocal harmonies giving the songs that deep, more muscular sound inherent to male voices coming together in song.

It’s the mark of a man, and a band, who are having fun, who are playing music because it’s what they want to do, not because it’s what’s expected of them. Wildwood Echoes was recorded live to tape, all players in the same room, no headphones. It is, as Bird says, real, both lyrically and sonically. The results are quite stunning; from the heart, not the head.

MEN FROM EARTH ARE:
Robert Patey-Downes - Percussion, Vocals
Scott Bird - Vocal, Guitar, Harmonica
Tom Beasley - Mandolin, Mandola, Banjo, Vocals
Luke Wright - Mandocello, Guitar, Vocals

& on the album James Gillard - Double Bass

‘Imagine the raw power of these gritty folksongs blasting from a festival pa. Imagine the sonic gut-punch of these foot-stomping blues. Men from Earth make songs that can, should, must! – be played loud and live. No bells and whistles here, no smooth edges. Turn Wildwood Echoes up – then show up to their next gig’. Rob Hirst - Midnight Oil / Backsliders

 

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CONTACTS

Representative | Scott Bird | Australia | scott@riversongmusic.com
Management | Trudi Bird | Australia | trudi@riversongmusic.com

MUSIC

APPROVED VIDEOS

The Crossing / Men From Earth

MEN FROM EARTH album trailer

Men From Earth / Live at Lizotte's 'The Crossing'

Men From Earth / Shine

WILDWOOD ECHOES REVIEWS

"When you listen to this album it feels like you can hear the creek running, feel the breeze coming off the mountain, whispering through the trees. You feel like you can touch the soul of the man who sings these great songs, played by a band that really sounds like a band should, tight and in empathy with one another. To me this is an important album in a day when so much is disposable and cheap. It's the real thing folks! You can hear the roots, the heritage, played in a way that's not derivative, no USA mid-Western cowboy hats required in this outfit! The landscape, while inspired by Tasmania, Australia, is universal." 

John Brewster – The Angels

“Men From Earth’s songs exhibit an intriguing duality. On one hand, they feel lived-in and as ancient as mother earth herself and on the other hand, they feel euphoric and full of vigor. Whether writing about carnage and mayhem (“Wayward Son”), depression (“Shine”), or a Koori/indigenous perspective on world conflict (“Walk With Giants”) there is this irrepressible feeling that everything is going to be alright. The songs positively glow with joy, optimism and an earthy purity.”

Lorne Behrman NY