Downhill Bluegrass Band in a musical project blending bluegrass with traditional Sami folk music. Maxida alternates modern singing with the traditional Sami/ Lappish singing, yoik.
This single, Mountain songs, contains two tracks, 'The mountain' by Steve Earle and 'East of the mountains' written by Jonas Kjellgren, and is a sample of an upcoming full-length CD collaboration.
Mountain songs explores the similarities between the Sami culture's musical expression and the American traditional folk music from around the Appalachian mountains. The mountain has a central role in both contexts, and the mining industry affects the lives of both people and nature on both sides of the Atlantic.
The project is primarily a musical project, but has a more serious undertone and can be seen as a contribution to the debate on managing natural resources.