Message from the Mountains & Echoes of the Delta

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Message from the Mountains
1. I. Journeys - The Message
2. II. Onward
3. III. Sunrise Special
4. IV. Redemption Valley
5. V. Campfire Breakdown - Night Sky
6. VI. Fort Smith Waltz
7. VII. Strings Afire
8. VIII. Spirit of the Owl
9. IX. Destined to Dream

Echoes of the Delta
10. I. John the Revelator
11. II. River Walkin'
12. III. Just Before Dawn
13. IV. Highway 41
14. V. Little Zion
15. VI. The Gate to Greenwood
16. VII. Crossed Road
17. VIII. Riley Smiles
18. IX. Riffs 'Round the Sun
19. X. Sunday With Maudes
20. XI. Boogie Offspring
21. XII. Backside Middle
22. XIII. Sonny in the Second Line
23. XIV. Light the Dark Sky
24. XV. The Call
25. XVI. Circle Back Home

From the iconic “dun-dun” sting that has become synonymous with the Law and Order universe to instantly recognizable riffs from The Rockford Files, Hill Street Blues, Magnum P.I., L.A. Law and more, Emmy®- and Grammy®-winning composer MIKE POST has helped shape half a century of pop culture with his beloved television themes. Now, he celebrates the music that inspired this prolific career with Message from the Mountains & Echoes of the Delta, a truly unique solo album that pays homage to bluegrass and blues music, available April 5 via Sony Classical. Making its debut today alongside album preorder is the collection’s lead single “Campfire Breakdown/Night Sky” – listen here.

The way composer Mike Post simply describes himself now – “I’m an American musician” – is as grateful and respectful as it is limitless in its compass and its ambition. His new solo album, Message from the Mountains & Echoes of the Delta, emerged as his own celebration of the music of the American people that has inspired him in a career spanning six decades. Presented as a pair of original works, the album combines the sounds of a bluegrass band (Message from the Mountains) and a blues band (Echoes of the Delta) – joined by two “dream teams” of soloists who are his longtime friends and colleagues – with the rich palette and expressive power of a full orchestra.

The first in a pair of original works encompassing the album, Message from the Mountains features nine multifaceted movements utilizing the sounds of bluegrass to celebrate the mingling of tradition and diverse cultural experience in American music. The immensely talented and decorated members of these rhythm sections are as follows: Herb Pedersen (5-string banjo); Gabe Witcher (fiddle); Mike Witcher (dobro); Patrick Sauber (acoustic guitar/mandolin); and Amy Keys (orator). Echoes from the Delta, meanwhile, reflects and explores the exuberant joy and the well of anguish that forged the blues in 14 short, expressive movements. Joining Post and the orchestra as soloists are Sonny Landreth (slide guitar); Eric Gales (electric guitar); Abe Laboriel Sr. (bass); Abe Laboriel Jr. (drums); Robert Turner (organ/piano); Jon O’Hara (keyboards); and Amy Keys (vocalist).

Message from the Mountains
1. I. Journeys - The Message
2. II. Onward
3. III. Sunrise Special
4. IV. Redemption Valley
5. V. Campfire Breakdown - Night Sky
6. VI. Fort Smith Waltz
7. VII. Strings Afire
8. VIII. Spirit of the Owl
9. IX. Destined to Dream

Echoes of the Delta
10. I. John the Revelator
11. II. River Walkin'
12. III. Just Before Dawn
13. IV. Highway 41
14. V. Little Zion
15. VI. The Gate to Greenwood
16. VII. Crossed Road
17. VIII. Riley Smiles
18. IX. Riffs 'Round the Sun
19. X. Sunday With Maudes
20. XI. Boogie Offspring
21. XII. Backside Middle
22. XIII. Sonny in the Second Line
23. XIV. Light the Dark Sky
24. XV. The Call
25. XVI. Circle Back Home