Monday, March 20, 2017

Stream It From The Mountain: Greg Graffin – Millport

Recently, Greg Graffin – frontman of punk legends Bad Religion - released, Millport, his third solo album via Anti Records.  Unlike Bad Religion’s fiery punk rock, Graffin’s solo albums aim to pay homage to the folk and Americana music that first influenced him. 
The new album - led by standout single “Making Time” with its flickering banjo figures and shuffling beat and the cover of Norman Blake’s “Lincoln’s Funeral Train” - is easily Graffin’s best and most fully-realized yet.  It features a backing band that is essentially Social Distortion sans frontman Mike Ness, with Jonny ‘Two Bags’ Wickersham, Brent Harding and David Hidalgo Jr. contributing and was produced by Bad Religion co-founder Brett Gurewitz.  The ten songs are led by Graffin’s distinct and deep vocals and are intertwined with a country-leaning brand of folk-rock that incorporates hints of old timey Gospel, frontporch bluegrass rhythms, warm, 70’s Californian folk-pop melodies and layers of close-knit harmonies. 
Millport sounds timeless and classic upon first listen, bringing to mind a strong nostalgia for the music it was inspired by, while sounding fresh and modern at the same time.        
Stream Millport here:


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