Zoe & Cloyd, comprising of Natalya Zoe Winstein and John Cloyd Miller, will be releasing their brand new album Rebuild on Oct. 8. The record is a clear-eyed yet heartfelt - and occasionally humorous - slice of folk music at its best, weaving personal experiences and social concerns into a tapestry that reflects the human condition. The album is now available for pre-order, add or save.
One of the album's highlights is the duo's cover of the Jean Ritchie song "Now Is The Cool Of The Day." Weinstein writes,"`Now is the Cool of the Day' is a beautiful ballad about caring for God's green earth and its people, written by the angelic songstress from Viper, Kentucky, Jean Ritchie. We learned our version from the wonderful singing of Riley Baugus, from Walkertown, NC. This song is a gentle reminder that we all have a responsibility to nurture and protect the natural world and all the living things on it." You can have a listen to song by clicking HERE.
You can also watch the duo singing the song in a corn silo below:
Blending authentically-derived bluegrass, old-time country, klezmer and folk sounds, Zoe & Cloyd have developed a powerful distinctive approach to arrangement that gives each of Rebuild's songs - whether previously- or newly-released - just the right treatment, from the thoroughly contemporary bluegrass drive of the project's first single, "Where Do You Stand," to the gentle lilt of "Paper Crowns," the traditional bluegrass beat of gospel radio favorite "That Home Far Away," the Old World flavor of "Hoffman's Hora/David's Frailach" - the latter a tune discovered among the papers of Weinstein's klezmer musician grandfather - and the wistful, memory-driven ballad, "Chestnut Mountain," which recalls the farm owned by Miller's bluegrass musician grandfather, the legendary Jim Shumate.
New highlights include another throwback to traditional bluegrass sounds in the humorously self-deprecating original, "Everything But Me," a recently-composed instrumental ("Pan America") that offers both waltz-time and up-tempo variations on a haunting melody, a grassy meditation on the power of collective spirit to transcend hardship ("Carry This Together") and a beautifully restrained a capella version of a Jean Ritchie classic, "Now Is The Cool Of The Day" to close out the project.
With each song, whether heard for the first time or recollected as an already-discovered favorite, Zoe & Cloyd demonstrate an unsurpassed ability to create roots music that speaks to our time.
Pre-order, add or save Rebuild HERE.