HearYa introduced me to the band The Deep Dark Woods with the song Hang Me, Oh Hang Me. I like these alt-country Canadians very much. The rich and compelling vocals include some good harmonies, and the band incorporates the banjo, mandolin, and organ seamlessly, without making a gimmick of them.
I recommend listening to them on their MySpace, streaming nine songs on ReverbNation here, or listening and buying on CD Baby. You can also download two mp3s, including Hang Me courtesy of Berkeley Place here. Better yet, listen to both their self-titled first release and their 2007 disc titled Hang Me, Oh Hang Me on CD Baby and purchase them so maybe they will have enough money to tour near you.
While streaming them, I heard the song River in the Pines just now, and damn these kids are agreeably good.
DDW’s Hang Me is an interpretation of the folk song I’ve Been All Around This World, which was also covered by Jerry Garcia (listen to a clip here) and Bob Dylan. I came to the song last year via a more traditional version by Oliver Buck on the 2007 album Rust Belt Blues (listen and buy here).