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Come Hear NC On Songs We Love: Fifty Miles of Elbow Room

Mandolin Orange
Mark Maya

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. This time, writer Allison Hussey tells us about a rare recording of the gospel standard 'Fifty Miles of Elbow Room' recorded by Emily Frantz and Andrew Marlin of Mandolin Orange with Josh Moore. It's a song that is often associated with The Carter Family, and Hussey says this version exemplifies a blend of the modern folk sound with North Carolina's traditional roots.

"It sounds very fresh and's a really pretty song."

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Allison Hussey

This song can be found on a compilation called 'Hymns From The Gathering Church,' which is available on Bandcamp.

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