Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – musical tribute

It’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – and, in celebration+ of the great orator and campaigner for peace and human rights, here’s two takes by Allison Crowe on Patty Griffin’s song inspired by Dr. King’s final speech, “I’ve Been To The Mountaintop“.

Here’s “Up to the Mountain” on guitar:

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The video is by Corner Brook, NL-based artist Phil Robbins – part of his “Faces: Broadway” installation.

And here’s “Up to the Mountain” on piano:

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This video is by the “Out of the Fog” crew, makers of the epic St. John’s, Newfoundland production.

Stubby’s House of Christmas, (geographically-placed in Greenville, North Carolina), flags Allison Crowe’s recording of “Up to the Mountain” alongside a range of songs in a full and engaging tribute to Martin Luther King entitled: “Some New Music for MLK Day“. Fittingly, movingly, Stubby’s concludes by sharing MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech:

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Up to the Mountain (Patty Griffin) – Allison Crowe + “Faces” by Phil Robbins

Allison Crowe is, again, cooking up musical soul food in her kitchen. That’s where she’s recorded “Up to the Mountain (MLK Song)” - from the pen of the sublime Patty Griffin. Allison serves as her own Jordanaires – providing backing accompaniment to the lead vocals and guitar :)

Allison’s delighted by a recent opportunity to participate in a visual art project in the friendly and vibrant cultural community that is Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada — home on the Atlantic range to the much-loved and acclaimed singer-songwriter.

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“Friday March 4th 2011, I performed ‘Faces: Broadway’ a projection onto windows of the old Black Thorn Stick Cafe location on Broadway,” says Philip N. Robbins, one of the creators, noting “this projection creates an implied conversation, or narrative, between all of the participants in the videos.”, the city’s culture and news web portal ( explains: “This was part of a project by Phil Robbins and Jillian Parsons (often known for their work with Stockpile or Larger Than a Cat) called Faces: Broadway which was a lead-up to Phil’s larger project, Faces: Newfoundland.”

Expressing a fascination “with the haunting portraits by Richard Avedon specifically his ‘In the American West’ portrait series,” Robbins is broadening the “Faces” canvas — and “crowdfunding” — aiming to sail successfully over the mercantile mosh pit to cover costs. You can learn about this project @ and aid the cause @

Allison Crowe is among the “Faces: Broadway” — and, here, Phil and Jillian’s video imagery projects a spirit as natural as the musical performance.

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