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Sarah McMillan. Wife to John Mark. Soon mother to Jude Williams. Master potter. Musician.
Ever since I started listening to Sarah’s music, I’ve found myself referring to her inadvertantly as “Sarah Mark McMillan,” but her music is nothing like her husband’s. Where John Mark’s music hearkens back to 90s alternative rock, Sarah’s goes a little further back… more toward the 1890s than the 1990s. Drawing on folk, roots, and country, with some bluegrass twang thrown in, Sarah’s songs put you solidly in a slightly modernized Pentecostal camp meeting from the early 20th century. It’s equal parts Enter the Worship Circle and O Brother Where Art Thou?
This came out a while ago, but I just re-found the link, so check it out.
You can download the Summershine album by Vigilantes of Love for free by clicking here. I don’t know a whole lot about Bill Mallonee and his band, but I’ve been listening to him for a little while now. The band is sort of americana, folk, and country, mixed with REM-style college rock.
Summershine was released in 2001 and sounds a little dated but it’s still good. Definitely worth a free download.
While you’re at it, check out some of Bill Mallonee’s new songs on his MySpace. Some good stuff if you like classic indie americana.