Today we are pleased to team up with the duo Pierce Edens for the release of their new single “Rain and Snow,” a traditional folk murder ballad from the heart of Appalachia. Written over a century ago in Madison County, NC, where Pierce grew up and currently resides, the song also known as Cold Rain and Snow, was made popular by the Grateful Dead. The area is known for this type of old time mountain folk music and remains present in the mountain community today. The song has had many iterations, including a notable cover by The Del McCoury Band, adding mandolin and fiddle in their signature bluegrass style. Pierce brings this track back to its old time roots – with his soulful and guttural voice and heavy guitar strums, he offers the listener a glimpse into the world of Appalachia back in the early 1900’s.
Not often do you stumble upon an artist with a voice so unique that you have to adjust your earphones to make sure they are working properly. The type of gritty voice that one could guess belongs to a 30 year old, or perhaps a man in his eighties. Its such a lovely blend of gravel, heart and history that you fall in love immediately. Edens haunting approach to Appalachian Americana is on par with legends who trampled the Western hills of North Carolina.