Calling upon their Troy, Alabama roots, Fire Mountain combines folk and Southern rock to create something rich and complex while still maintaining a simplicity that is familiar to everyone. As competent wordsmiths, Fire Mountain lyrically translates the human experience with its struggles and triumphs as well as its love and loss into songs people can relate to. As Americaning Review so aptly wrote, “In a country full of distractions, this band has quietly built a repertoire of songs that people from all walks of life can enjoy simply because they live in a city full of no distractions.” City or town, small or large, rural or urban, it doesn’t matter, these are all common events shared by everyone and Fire Mountain skillfully captures these experiences because they too are everyman.
In December 2012, Fire Mountain will be going into the studio with Mountain Stage NewSong Contest winner, Arthur Alligood, in the producer’s chair to record their first full-length album and follow-up to their 2011 EP Of The Dust. Since the release of Of The Dust, the band has been busy preforming at venues throughout the Southeast and writing new songs for their upcoming album. Continually growing and honing their craft, Fire Mountain is sure to keep creating quality music people can connect with and share.
Formed in the fall of 2009 in Troy, Alabama, Fire Mountain boasts a tremendously talented lineup. Founding member, Perry Brown, has been writing and recording music for nearly a decade and has been involved in many bands and musical projects. Perry is the main songwriter, lead vocalist, and rhythm guitar player for Fire Mountain. Joining Perry and rounding out the band are his skilled bandmates: Adam Vinson on percussion, Walter Black on bass guitar, Ryan Richburg on electric guitar and Bryan Segraves on the keys.
So as Fire Mountain prepares for the recording studio, they also plan to set the world on fire with their brand of Southern rock and charm. Slowcoustic calls Fire Mountain the “band-to-know in 2013”, and he’s right. Get to know Fire Mountain and you won’t be disappointed.
Perry Brown - Vocals and Guitar
Adam Vinson - Percussion & Backing Vocals
Walter Black - Bass
Bryan Segraves - keyboard
Of the Dust ( © 2011, Independent Release)
Liars' Cup EP ( © 2011, Independent Release)
Slowcoustic "Band of the Week" Review
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I have been hearing one of my colleagues talk about Fire Mountain for a while and I am finally getti...I have been hearing one of my colleagues talk about Fire Mountain for a while and I am finally getting around to acknowledging that fact and posting about this new-to-me musical find. April over at Common Folk Music has been heaping praise upon these boys from Alabama for a while already and I am just catching up now. So then, I thought I would have a “song of the day” post for the band and started listening to their Soundcloud and Bandcamp pages and decided it had to be a ‘Band of the Week’ as I needed to post more than one or two songs and more folks need to be listening to them right now. So then…here we are.
Fire Mountain is the project started by Perry Brown that has been completed with the addition of Adam Vinson on percussion, Walter Black on bass guitar, and Bryan Segraves on keyboards – I may be missing somebody, so I apologize now… Brown is definitely front and center on this quartet of Southern Folk Rock…although I tend to be more partial to the folk part…and he is a real draw. Maybe it is the Southern timbre in his vocals, but the guy has a perfect voice for his music if I had to say.
Brown and the crew make same great balladeer type tracks that I will feature below…like the track Drag Along and the live track Pale (but it is so crisp and clear it must be ‘live’ in the studio). There are many more on their Soundcloud page and take this only as a taster of what Fire Mountain are currently serving up. Listen below.
I like in Drag Along at about the 3:20 mark you think it is ending and then Brown eases back into the late night heartbreak like it is his bread and butter. The track Pale might even be my favourite currently and at over seven minutes it is an opus of a lament. Admittedly both these tracks look to feature Brown front and centre and it makes for spectacular singer songwriter fare. I also don’t want you to think these guys are all sad sacks that might have you crying into your drink into the wee hours (but what is wrong with that?) so you can pick up the heels a bit on the rest of the catalog. You might enjoy a bit more energy and band in the lead off track to their most recent EP Of the Dust and the track Black Heart – listen to where the Folk meets the Rock below.
I hear there are rumblings of a new album being started come the end of the year – so we can hope to hear some more of this band-to-know in 2013. For good measure, I will leave you with a great acoustic cover of The Black Keys’ track Everlasting Light – how good is that?
The Blue Indian Review
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I don’t mean to wax poetic (after all, this is about the music), but Fire Mountain’s “Of The Dust” f...I don’t mean to wax poetic (after all, this is about the music), but Fire Mountain’s “Of The Dust” fell into my hands at a particularly interesting time.
I received this record for review about a week before I packed up my life in New York and relocated to Atlanta. I can’t think of a better soundtrack for my triumphant return to Dixie.
The Alabama band’s second record is a collection of songs that seem to me to explore the unpredictable nature of life, and the mixed emotions that come from grappling with that reality – a growing pain I trust is not foreign to most of you reading this post. The songs are sweet, thoughtful but not overly sentimental, as if lead singer, Perry Brown is merely commenting on universal truths. I like the effect.
My personal situation may have influenced my perception of the album, but it is definitely worth a listen, in particular the opening track “Black Heart”, the searching “No One’s Help”, and the eerie-nostalgic “Torch.”
“Of The Dust” is a great example of solid Southern folk rock and yet avoids cliché. This is a record that can be played on repeat (trust me, it’s a long way to Georgia from Brooklyn), is best played after dark, and (assuming you’re not hauling your possessions down the highway) should undoubtedly be paired with a whiskey on the rocks.
Common Folk Music Review
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I’ve been listening to Fire Mountain’s second EP, Of the Dust, for about a month now and I still can...I’ve been listening to Fire Mountain’s second EP, Of the Dust, for about a month now and I still can’t find a flaw. Blending rock and folk, this Alabama-based band delivers quality songs about struggles, fears, triumphs, and life. Formed in Troy, Alabama by frontman and main songwriter, Perry Brown, Of the Dust shows serious growth. And, with the help of singer/songwriter Arthur Alligood, all of the songs come together in a tight, cohesive manner. Each member playing their respective instrument there is nothing superfluous and the music is never pretentious; instead, it’s accessible and universal. Still, it’s Perry’s raspy voice that sometimes sounds desperate (“Fade”), resolute (“Black Heart”) and heartbreaking (“Why I Can’t Stay”) gives the EP it’s seasoned quality. All-in-all, Of the Dust is excellent. It’s an EP you’ll want in your collection.
Beat Surrender Review
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Of the Dust is the second EP from Alabama based four-piece Fire Mountain, frontman Perry Brown is th...Of the Dust is the second EP from Alabama based four-piece Fire Mountain, frontman Perry Brown is the bands main songwriter he plays acoustic guitar, bass is handled by Walter Black, Bryan Segraves provides the keyboard elements and Adam Vinson the percussion, the EP was recorded in Nashville and showcases the band’s ability to create quality melodic folk-rock with an indie undercurrent – an excellent listen that like all quality EP’s leaves the listener wishing there was more and hitting repeat.
You can listen, watch and download the EP’s opener a track that ticks all the Americana check boxes, Black Heart below and pick up the EP in it’s digital and CD formats from Bandcamp.
Blabber N' Smoke Review
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There’s certainly a thing right now for backwoods type folky music topped off with earnest vocals an...There’s certainly a thing right now for backwoods type folky music topped off with earnest vocals and harmony singing very much in evidence. Think of Fleet Foxes, Midlake or even Bon Iver and add Fire Mountain to the list. Hailing from Troy, Alabama they’ve enlisted the talents of Arthur Alligood (himself a fine purveyor of introspective Americana folk songs) as a producer and recorded this, their second E. P. in Nashville. With a fairly basic line up of acoustic and electric guitars, piano, bass and drums they manage to conjure up a wonderful sound that is crystal clear and at times sounds as if it was carved from nature. There’s a rarefied air to the songs as if they were being played in a forest clearing with the rippling piano recalling mountain streams. Perry Brown’s plaintive voice sings of fear and regret, of a child’s fear of darkness and the finality of death. Overall there’s an existential angst, a loneliness best expressed in No One’s Help.
While Brown is the frontman for the band mention must be made of the excellent piano playing of Bryan Segraves throughout while Aaron Newberry adds some fine electric guitar especially on the dynamic opening song Black Heart and Torch. While Black Heart with its grim splendour might be the song that gathers most mentions Torch is the standout song. A simple tale of alienation which relates how the child fathers the man the band play delicately with piano and guitar creating a chilly frisson. Excellent stuff.
Oomph Music Review
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This one falls under the category of I-don’t-know-why-more-people-don’t-know-this-band. (It also fal...This one falls under the category of I-don’t-know-why-more-people-don’t-know-this-band. (It also falls under the category of I-should-have-known-about-them-sooner.)
Anyhow, a few months ago, Alabama-based indie-folk band Fire Mountain shared their EP Of the Dust with me, and alas, amid tackling the learning curve of a huge new writing project, it didn’t get listened to before now. I’m so glad they didn’t fall through the cracks.
“Black Heart,” the opening track of the EP, captured me with the first few notes, and kept my attention throughout with its haunting melody and lyricism. The rest of the record is also worth a listen. Fire Mountain has a sound that is simple yet captivating, and frontman Perry Brown’s slightly raspy voice fills things in nicely. Brown is a gifted songwriter with something to say.
The video for “Black Heart” (also very well done) is embedded below. If you like what you see/hear, the band is currently offering the EP on their Bandcamp page on a “name your price” basis.
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