Molasses Creek

Deep Water

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In 2003 Molasses Creek -- Gary Mitchell, Kitty Mitchell, and Fiddler Dave Tweedie -- celebrated their tenth year together with the release of Deep Water. While the band continues to evolve and add to its eclectic song list, the album, in many ways, provides more of what fans have come to expect from the band: great harmonies, humor, and a few original songs reflecting life on the outer banks of North Carolina. Deep Water's song list also offers a snapshot of the type of material one might hear if catching a recent Molasses Creek show. Gary Mitchell brings his warm vocals to bear on Pete Wernick's sprightly "Old Box of Memories" and the self-written "Love All Around," while Tweedie balances the bill with humor on "Paddy's Holler" and mystical musings of life at sea on "Sailor's Lament." Kitty Mitchell does a fine job on her newly written tune, "Nothing New," and guest Katy Mitchell brings her resonate vocals to bear on Kasey Chambers' "This Flower." As one might guess, with several lead singers and smooth, high-flying harmony, versatility is one of Molasses Creek's greatest assets. The band also fills out its sound on Deep Water with several guest pickers, including guitarist Martin Garrish and mandolinist Gerald Hampton, and there are two fun instrumentals -- "Feeding the Ponies" and "Bonaparte's Retreat Set" -- that give the band a chance to kick out the jams. For anyone unfamiliar with the band, Deep Water will provide a fine introduction; to old fans, the album is another enjoyable entry in the Molasses Creek catalog.