The Mile Markers | Take To the Road

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Take To the Road

by The Mile Markers

Flowing seamlessly from haunting trio to rollicking five piece this debut effort presents a stunning example of acoustic American roots music played with an honest and strong voice.
Genre: Folk: String Band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Revival
4:26 album only
2. A Little Rain
5:03 album only
3. Take To the Road
3:24 album only
4. The Cuckoo
4:28 album only
5. Dance Around Ladies
2:00 album only
6. Come Up Short
3:13 album only
7. The Lowlands
5:00 album only
8. Yes My Love
3:38 album only
9. My Baby's Poor
2:29 album only
10. I'm Leaving Tonight
3:48 album only
11. How You Make It
1:39 album only
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The Mile Markers - "Take to the Road" (2010)
“Take to the Road,” the first album-length offering from Denver, Colorado’s the Mile Markers, is an as assured a debut as you’re likely to find this or any year. The tracks comprising this 11-song cycle breathe a new life and implacable attitude into familiar territory. Themes such as discontent, self-doubt, and dreams denied give rise to wanderlust, which leads to freedom and, ultimately, redemption.

The Mile Markers’ creative core, songwriters Julianne Stratton (guitar/vocals) and Bevin Foley (fiddle/vocals), make for an arresting pair, one that relies on both rare talent and restraint in equal measure to seamlessly fuse their accomplished artistry into one magnificent whole. A wonderfully sympathetic and understated accompaniment is provided throughout the proceedings by Sal Clark (banjo/vocals), Kalin Capra (bass), and Nathaniel Haas (snare/washboard). The folk/bluegrass/old-time song structures, played here with traditional instrumentation, make for one compelling listen.

Julianne Stratton’s songwriting is a revelation. She has quite the ear for a catchy tune, and her songs’ lyrics seem at once very personal and universal in their themes. It’s a neat trick to pull off and one that many writers are never able to achieve. Stratton's evocative lyrics pay dividends that seem even to make all of the past trials and troubles that doubtlessly inform these songs seem well worthwhile. Add to that the inexhaustible energy and sense of unbridled joy with which Stratton and Foley infuse these songs, and it’s no mystery why the Mile Markers stand tall above so many of their contemporaries.

Bevin Foley’s virtuosic musicianship provides the perfect foil for Stratton’s musings. Classically trained since childhood, Miss Foley’s breathtaking talent is tempered by taste. When not taking her turn fronting the band or sawing beautifully realized solos out of her fiddle, she’s ever-present, adding articulate background flourishes and inspired background vocals. Misses Foley and Stratton are both graced with wonderfully expressive voices that naturally complement and encourage one another. Their close vocal harmonies soothe and inspire. These two seem to have been ready-made to go together.

“Take to the Road” is filled to overflowing with wonderful songs and inspired performances by everyone involved. There are so many standout tracks here as to make it difficult to choose one that isn’t. These songs are built to last; they wouldn’t seem out of place in a dust-blown setting out of some old-timer’s fading memory. At the same time, they are distinctly fresh and modern. The Mile Markers don’t seem content to merely re-interpret chestnuts from the past; their unique take on these oft-neglected musical forms promises to make many fans out of today’s listeners.

Be warned, however, some of these tunes may cause some listeners to spontaneously dance jigs in public places. The more up-tempo numbers, the Foley-penned “Dance Around Ladies” and “My Baby’s Poor”- as well as the LP’s opening and closing tracks (“Revival” and “How You Make It”)- are good time, old fashioned rave-ups that will assuredly get all but the stodgiest curmudgeons up out of their chairs and onto the dance floor. They also offer balance, providing respite from some of the more introspective tunes that deal with an existential longing for some Home which seems just out of reach, but that must reside somewhere out there, somewhere on down the road.

The Mile Markers are betting that Home exists, too… it has to. They state as much in the closing track of “Take to the Road,” “How You Make It.” One can spend a lifetime overcoming obstacles, whether staying where she is or taking to the road, counting down all of the mile markers that must lead to freedom. That road, one hell of a ride, will go on forever, until she one day realizes that the only real obstacle is one's self. And, when she does, she’ll truly be Home forever. It was really that easy all along….

That’s what this reviewer took from “Take to the Road” anyway! Well, that and blistered dancin’ feet and cheeks sore from smilin’!

Catch the Mile Markers live whenever and wherever you can! These musicians really excel in a live setting. Their charismatic stage presence and performance skills lend their gems of songs yet another, welcome facet. The Mile Markers shine particularly bright onstage!

All in all, "Take to the Road" is a dazzling debut for The Mile Markers. One can only hope they'll continue to mine this rich vein of song craft, execution, and sense of fun for some time to come! Preview and buy your copy today! You’ll be so glad you did!

So, whether you're hitching' rides and cutting' rugs cross country; whiling away the hours at your favorite flophouse; or just laying around the shanty sippin' corn, "Take to the Road" should prove a worthy companion for all of your trips and travels.

Heck, you’re gonna party like it's 1929!

Highly recommended.