Veteran artist/producer Phil Madeira brings together a passel of stellar musicians to celebrate an inclusive vision of faith on Mercyland: Hymns for the Rest of Us. The album's (mostly) original tunes are both reverent and compassionate, emphasizing human unity over division. Mercyland's sound is a rich Americana stew, combining folk, blues, and old-time country with an acoustic emphasis. Emmylou Harris is a central presence here, contributing the bittersweet I Didn't Know It Was You
and singing backup on The Civil Wars' radiant From This Valley.
The artist roster is impressively diverse, with The Carolina Chocolate Drops' joyful romp Lights in the Valley,
The North Mississippi All-Stars' rootsy meditation If I Was Jesus,
and John Scofield's jazzy instrumental reading of the classic hymn Peace in the Valley
embodying the project's musical scope.
- Release Date: April 24, 2012
- Record Label: Mercyland Records
- UPC: 669447002093
- Number of Discs: 1
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