While the Murphy Beds have more of a Celtic center, Anna (Roberts-Gevalt) and Elizabeth (LaPrelle) are rooted in Southern traditional folk music - ballads, lullabies, tunes. Music you might play around the home on fiddle, guitar or banjo…for yourself and for others. Sun to Sun contains 13 such songs from Virginia and Kentucky, learned from the repertoire of ballad singers such as Addie Graham and Texas Gladden.
Anna and Elizabeth are two women in their twenties living in Southwest Virginia. The concern I usually have with young artists who perform old-time music is they get too wrapped up in sounding “old” and authentic, and what comes out can sometimes be a bit forced. None of these contrivances seem to plague Anna and Elizabeth, who are natural and comfortable with their chosen medium (in a performance setting, they enhance the music with storytelling and original folk art).
Anna and Elizabeth are not just curators of rural music and traditions, they are contemporary examples of how it can attune to the modern day. Were it not for the fidelity, Sun to Sun might pass for something Alan Lomax captured on his tape recorder. As they say in the CD booklet, "this music, for us, is tricky to separate from the sounds of crickets in the mountains all summer, the laughter between tunes in our kitchen, the patience of small stitches, the sight of an old woman flatfooting with her walker".