Ohioan Empty / Every MT on Limited Edition Colored LP
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Ohioan's new album, Empty / Every MT, is a record of protest songs but this is nothing like protest music you've heard before. This is a new form of country music. It's Appalachian mountain music mashed-up with African desert music played by a dude raised in the shadow of Appalachia who now lives in the desert.
Empty / Every MT is an album about the "Appalachian Desert," a concept created by Ohioan band-leader Ryne Warner. He posits that one day mountaintop removal and mining will level the forests of Appalachia, turning once lush land into an arid desert-scape not unlike parts of the American West and North Africa.
The music here was made using the sounds associated with those places - banjo, dobro, jaw harp, dulcimer, African scales, the electric guitar, modal tunings. The result is an image of Warner's Appalachian Desert rendered in sound.