- Artist: Dan Berggren
- Format: CD
- Release Date:8/5/2008
Mountain Air, with it's refreshing blend of traditional and original songs, is a landmark recording. The album was engineered and mixed by Dave Fridmann in 1989 before his legendary reputation with Mercury Rev, The Flaming Lips and as Rolling Stone Magazine\'s \'Hot Producer.\' When Mountain Air was first released Vermont Public Radio\'s Mark Hauser wrote: "A genuine treasure. Fresh and timeless, full of courage and down to earth richness." The CD has since been remastered and re-released. Two originals included among the 19 tracks are the intensely evocative title song and Old Green Sweater, which has become a folk standard covered by numerous folk artists. Dan Berggren's roots are firmly in the Adirondacks where he was raised but his music has branched out across many borders. The award-winning musician and educator has entertained audiences at festivals, coffeehouses, concert halls, museums, schools and libraries throughout New York State, from Kentucky to Texas, Vermont to Michigan, and overseas in Belgium, Bulgaria, Transylvania and Central Africa. A tradition-based songsmith, Dan writes with honesty, humor and a strong sense of place. His songs explore the many dimensions of home, hard-working folks, as well as taking care of our planet and each other. The 30-year folk veteran held various jobs before devoting his life to music full-time: working in the Adirondack woods with a forest ranger and surveyor; radio producer in Europe; professor of audio and radio studies for the State University of New York; and owner of Sleeping Giant Records which has produced thirteen albums. A Few Quotes from Folks \'Dan is a throwback to the old role of the folk singer . . . he\'s articulating things that need to be said right now.\' - Bill McKibben, best-selling author "One of the most personable and powerful performers we have." - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs \'His is an earnest, clean brand of folk, strengthened by his clear, deep voice and guitar or banjo.\' - Philip Schwartz, Schenectady Daily Gazette "A wonderful and careful songwriter who makes every word count." - Miran Belec, Radio Logatec, Slovenia "Like the confluence of two racing mountain streams in spring, the music of grassroots folk singer Dan Berggren and the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra came together at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts . . . with a rush of energy and spirit." - Martha Allen, Lake Placid News "His gentle wit, and his ability to write songs with great choruses, make him an excellent performer. - Phil Shapiro, Bound for Glory, WVBR-FM, Ithaca "Berggren has an expressive, conversational voice, rich and textured." - Duke Egbert, The Daily Vault "Berggren's gentle, personable style is heart-warming ." - Dale Anderson, Buffalo News "[His] hymns to the ordinary take on magical significance." - Lynn Woods, Adirondack Life.
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