When a copy of Charlie Chamberlain‘s single, “Larry Sparks (Gospel Train)” landed on our desk the other day, the description our colleague sent with it made us a little scared. It said Chamberlain “makes some cool country music by sampling old bluegrass loops or lyrics and laying them down with new instrumentation and beats.”
We’re pleased to say that the horrible train wreck we pictured in our minds — Alison Krause dressed as Snoop Dogg — didn’t come true: “Larry Sparks (Gospel Train)” not only stays on the tracks, it trundles right along like old freighter coming ’round the bend (albeit with hip hop beats.)
Intrigued? You should be.
The album that includes our Free MP3 of the day is called Old and New and, in the words of Chamberlain, it “is a tribute, celebration, and extension of American roots music.” He continues: “It is the next logical evolutionary step for the genre. By combining acoustic instruments, drum machines, modern music production and serious musicality and chops this record breaks new sonic ground and revitalizes traditional music, making it one hundred percent relevant to today’s hip listener. ”
“The concept was, take old time vocal recordings, sample them and write new music accompaniment to revitalize them. The result is a cohesive album that is unlike anything you have heard before, yet familiar enough to make you feel as if these century old songs have been played this way forever.”
Couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Grab your copy now.