Thanks, Gary. A true murder ballad must indeed have blood and malicious intent, or we cheapen the very meaning of words.... I usually count half of all lyrical music as murder ballad, but that's just my bad.
A couple of corrections to Loring Wirbel's description of "Child Ballads" by Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer. Only three of the seven songs exceed six minutes, two are under five minutes, and one is under four minutes. Though there are many deaths in them, it's a stretch to call them murder ballads. Four have no deaths and happy endings. One has a shipwreck. One has an execution. One has two suicidal drownings with an assist from a witch's curse.
Hmm. I guess I need to delve a bit deeper into (I can see it a bit on The Messenger) Still I connect Television to a more "awkward" post-punk sound (mainly due to Verlaine's delivery) than I do this Johnny Marr album which I think is really "poppy" and easily accessible
I honestly thought the guitars had a Lloyd-Verlaine quality in at least three tracks.
I wouldn't file the new Johnny Marr anywhere near Television, not because Television isn't amazing, just that they sound nothing alike
I'm not sure who tagged that Shovels & Rope review with "File next to Dixie Chicks, Sugarland," but those are not the comparisons I made when I wrote it ... I'd align them far more closely to Hayes Carll or Old 97's. Not that there's anything wrong with those artists, but this duo is about as far from Nashville slickness as they can get. And they like it that way.
They're coming to Boulder on 8/12/11 and Arvada on 8/13. www.jjgrey.com/tour
Y'all they're coming to Denver on Sept 17. see www.jjgrey.com or www.mofrofans.com
Flynnville Train IS on the right track..."Redemption" rocks! "Preachin to the Choir" is a great song and in fact there are 6 songs on that cd that are perfect examples of their originality and talent. Brian Flynn is the lead vocal on the cd with SOME (1 song) back-up with Dan Baird. Dan is truly a talented musician..but make no mistake..This is Flynnville Train and they hold true to the Southern County Rock that we all love.
Keston and Westdal's "One Day to Save All Life" is available on CD or DRM free download at http://www.unearthedmusic.com
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