Of Great and Mortal Men.

My dear friends at Standard Recording are releasing an amazing album today. Of Great and Mortal Men was put together by songwriters Christian Kiefer, Jefferson Pitcher and Matthew Gerken and features 43 songs, one about each president. Many guest muscians have taken part in this project including: Califone, Rosie Thomas, Bill Callahan (Smog), Alan Sparhawk (Low), Mark Kozelek (Red House Painters, Sun Kil Moon), Marla Hansen (Sufjan Stevens), Steve Dawson (Dolly Varden), Vince DiFiore (Cake), Monahans, James Jackson Toth (Wooden Wand), and Tom Carter (Charalambides). Accompanying the set of three CDs is a 108 page color book featuring 43 artist renditions of the various presidents. I've been listening to this album for a couple months now and I can say that it's absolutely wonderful. One of the top 10 albums of 2008 for sure.

(J. Matthew Gerken. Christian Kiefer, Jefferson Pitcher featuring Marla Hansen - The Last Cocked Hat)


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