Mount Moriah‘s debut LP, released last year, was a surprise of the best kind. The Durham/Chapel Hill, North Carolina band’s style is anchored by Heather McEntire’s expressive voice and by Jenks Miller’s wiry guitar — which is a little reminiscent of Wilco’s Nels Cline on songs like “Only Way Out” in this session.
The band takes their name from the biblical Mount Moriah — in Jewish and Christian faiths where Abraham took Isaac to be sacrificed — which is now the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Religion, sacrifices of a kind, love and letting go wind their way through the band’s lyrics.
Mount Moriah has made a few visits to Portland recently, opening for Indigo Girls at the zoo last summer, and for The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn most recently. In this set at OPB, Mount Moriah plays songs from their debut (self-titled) LP.