Burnell Pines Till The Day I Die on LP
The Catskill Mountains' most notable contemporary bard, Burnell Pines, returns with his latest album, Till the Day I Die, a valentine to life in the land where The Band, Van Morrison, and Bob Dylan made legendary music. Burnell taps directly into that tradition with co-producer/drummer Justin Guip, Levon Helm's three-time Grammy Award-winning producer and right hand man. He's joined on the recording by musical compadres including acclaimed keyboardist Marco Benevento, hitmaker Rachael Yamagata and drummers Joe Magistro (The Black Crowes) and Robert Burke (Toshi Reagon).
Burnell grew up in these hallowed hills, leading bands and rocking out with folks as diverse as P-Funk and John Sebastian, and moving ever closer to an original musical voice. You can hear hardcore civic pride in Till the Day I Die's barn burning opener, "The Catskills Stole My Heart" in which Burnell takes us along, skinny dipping and laughing in the tall grass, name-checking Woodstock streets as the band lays down a swampy groove.
The tour continues with "Blue Skies Shelter Me," an ode to the sheltering Hudson Valley skies, while "Set Your Mind Free" is a classic, fuzz bass-fueled anthem to letting go of inhibition. "Salutations," the Bowie-meets-Crazy Horse celebration of friendship, could very well be the theme song for the making of Till the Day I Die: "Salutations and libations," Burnell sings over a joyful noise, "love is everywhere!"