Independently released, co-produced by John Keane
The families that string together, sing together in tighter concordances of harmonies, goes the wisdom of HomeGrown Revival, a Dahlonega-based folk band that plays original music with mountain roots. The group formed last year when Seth Livengood and Taylor Hadaway joined husband-and-wife duo Jason and Lara Polangco-Kenney for a winery gig in Nappalachia. Afterward, they assembled in the Athens studio of John Keane (Indigo Girls, Taj Mahal), who adds his pedal-steel echoes to this debut of 13 songs with expertly plinked strings. HGR tempers its valley echoes and doghouse bass with the tupelo vocals of Lara Polangco-Kenney, who is waxing autobiographical about the “banjo on my back and baby in a sling.” Baby-burble, in fact, is one of the album’s most arresting sound effects. With its gentle spirit and hearthstone warmth, HGR aims to revitalize “family values” of the progressive, anti-corporate variety. Its exultant, high-lonesome sound is purist, in the best sense of that word.