The Low Anthem: A New Brand Of Folk

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"Home I'll Never Be"

"Charlie Darwin"

"Don't Let Anyone Turn You Around"

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The Rhode Island band The Low Anthem traffics in pure Americana, crafting roots-rock that sounds unadorned and unmistakably sincere. Its own roots are distinctly and appropriately American: Founding members Ben Knox Miller and Jeff Prystowsky met as teammates in the wood-bat summer baseball leagues of rural Connecticut. One thing led to another, and the quartet began self-releasing albums, the third and latest of which is titled Oh My God, Charlie Darwin.

Citing Tom Waits, Neil Young and Bob Dylan as influences, The Low Anthem has honed a folksy, layered sound with a flair for the rustic: The band has been known to forego amplification altogether in order to blend with its surroundings. Oh My God, Charlie Darwin was recorded in a makeshift, secluded studio, then self-released in September.

In this session with host David Dye, The Low Anthem's members talk about recording on a nearly abandoned island off the coast of their home state and explain the evolutionary theme suggested by the album's title.

This story was originally aired on February 4, 2009.

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