Among The Oak & Ash is an ever-changing collection of musicians led by American songwriter Josh Joplin. The songs are born out of the musical tradition of the Appalachian Mountains and are either adapted from their folk conventions or are entirely original and are written to sound like old time songs.
The debut self-titled album Among the Oak & Ash was released on June 16, 2009 by Verve Records and prominentely featured, Joplin’s friend and fellow singer-songwriter Garrison Starr on vocals and electric guitar, Brian Harrison on bass (Shelby Lynne), Bryan Owings on drums (Emmylou Harris, Ray LaMontagne), Robbie Turner on pedal Steel (Waylon Jennings) and Cari Norris on banjo.
It was Ms. Norris however who originally exposed Joplin to this genre of folk music years ago at Earlham College. She, along with Pennsylvanian songwriter John Kingman-Smith, led a band called Hurricane Sadee, whose only recording was a self-released cassette tape in 1990, which Joplin claims is the inspiration behind Among The Oak & Ash.