Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Busker Days: Mountain Fire, "Morning"

I've stepped outside of my BART-centric mentality recently.  For example, a couple weeks ago I recorded some music at the Saturday Berkeley Farmer's Market, a venue crawling with great street music. (I'll post one of those in the coming weeks.) For now I want to draw your attention to a duo I recorded at the 4th street shopping district in Berkeley. Musicians play at one locale in this place, basically just next to the Peet's Coffee patio. I heard these guys harmonizing nicely as my wife and I pulled in to park, so naturally I pulled out the recorder and proceeded to abstain from shopping. The guys obliged most kindly with several songs. Here's a song written by the guitarist Bill Davies called Morning. Bob is on the mandolin and they go by the name Mountain Fire. Enjoy!

Click here to hear Morning.


  1. Very nice find, Jack. The singer has a very likable voice. Lyrically it reminds me of Chestnut Mare by the Byrds.

  2. This song is a real treat. I am enjoying the recording as much as I enjoyed it live. What strikes me most besides Bill’s delightful voice is how full the sound is coming from just a dozen or so strings, as many fingers, and a voice. The exquisitely strummed mandolin goes a long way in this regard. I am sure glad that Jack keeps his ears open so that we all have the opportunity to enjoy musical treats such as this one.

  3. Reminds me of Colorado....wonderful!