The Burying Ground – The Burying Ground

The Burying Ground

Reviewed by Dave O Rama

The Burying Ground
The Burying Ground

On the heels of their extended play of historic covers Country Blues & Rags, released back in December, Vancouver traditionalists The Burying Ground quickly follow up with a superb long player filled to the lip with an impressive offering of new original tunes that can easily measure up to the classics of almost a century ago. Built around core players Woody Forster (Vocals and Guitar) and Devora Laye (Vocals, Washboard, and Saw), The Burying Ground lay out a feast of southern old-timey acoustic gems that pay homage to southern Americana and good time blues inspired by the ghosts of Charley Patton, Memphis Minnie, and The Mississippi Sheiks.

You can almost smell the leather and whiskey in these compositions and it’s plain as day that the band’s passion for stripped down delta ballads and tar heel tappers comes from somewhere deep in the soul of these gifted songwriters. There’s fine accompaniment here from fellow grounders Joseph Lubinsky-Mast on the doghouse bass and harp-man Josh Doherty, and added seasonings from guests Trent Freeman on fiddle and multi-instrumentalist Jack Garton dishing up splashes of muted trumpet that is so well realised you’d swear you’ve been transported back in time to the brothels of Storyville.

Filled with elegant musicianship, authentic themes, heartfelt vocals (including a guest appearance from Candice Roberts on the closing track), The Burying Ground deliver the goods with heart and soul and affection. Beautifully recorded at The China Cloud and Monarch Studios by their go-to producer Mark Lawrence, this self titled collection of eleven originals from The Burying Ground resonates with emotion and gleam with authenticity.

Originally published in BC Musician Magazine