K Records singer/songwriter, Mirah, along with friend Ginger Brooks Takahashi came up with the idea for the Black Mountain Music Project shortly after meeting one another. Both wanted a chance to make music, where there would no distractions, in a different place than their town of Olympia, Washington. A friend let them use their grandmother’s house in Black Mountain, South Carolina for one month. There, Songs From the Black Mountain Music Project was born, and became a product of its surroundings.
With many different (mostly acoustic) instruments at their disposal, from mandolin to steel drums, Mirah and Ginger, along with invited friends, have produced more of a soundtrack for an unmade movie rather than a cohesive album. There are even trippy interludes between some of the songs, further adding to the soundtrack-like quality.
With tracks ranging from creepy, circus-like instrumentals such as “The Red Curtain,” folk/bluegrass on “Life You Love,” and pop rock on “Oh! September”, Mirah, Ginger, and friends have managed to mix genres very creatively. The Black Mountain Music Project is a document of the special time and place in which it was made.