The Coal Porters – Find The One (CD)
Barefoot On The Courthouse Lawn
Never Right His Wrong
Hush U Babe; Burnham Thorpe
The Betsey Trotwood
Red-Eyed & Blue
Ask Me Again
Brand New Home
You Only Miss Her When She’s Gone
Paint It, Black
Find The One is the Coal Porters’ fifth and most accomplished album since they unplugged, forgot about the electricity bill and prepared for global warming by morphing into an entirely acoustic act.
Produced by British folk-rock legend John Wood, the man behind the early classic LPs by Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, and later on recording both Squeeze and Beth Orton, Find The One features five fine Sid Griffin songs and a trio from Scottish guitarist Neil Robert Herd.
The CD of Find The One even includes a seven minute documentary film encoded on it, playable on any computer. The film is by Toby Cameron and Richard Crandon of On-Par Productions and dynamically illustrates everything warm, musical, funny and human about the band within its short seven minute span.
No Coal Porters album can exist without a nod to the greats who have so inspired Sid Griffin and his merry cohorts and Find The One is no exception. Sid’s harrowing tale of a slave family’s escape on the Underground Railroad, Hush U Babe, features the astonishing guitar of ex-Fairport Convention guitar guru Richard Thompson (!) and listeners will also hear a formal DJ introduction of Sid’s love ballad Ask Me Again by the BBC’s legendary Brian Matthew, not only a man who knew The Beatles on a first name basis back in the day but whose Saturday Radio 2 show is the Beeb’s most popular show today. Now that is a career!