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The Griesly Bride

The creeps and crawls of Halloween are always fun. If you didn’t hear Walkin’ the Floor this past Sunday it was three hours of wonderfully spooky country music. You can check it out here.

I didn’t get to one song this year, The Griesly Bride. It’s a folk song sung by Cindy Mangsen and based off of a poem by Australian poet John Manifold. It sounds positively ancient and acts simultaneously as gory fright fest as well as cautionary tale of picking the wrong woman. Werewolves typically get the short stick in horror. They’re always playing second fiddle to some skinny emo vamps. Not so in The Griesly Bride. This song is so far away from the trashy monster mash classics we’ve grown up with that it becomes genuinely creepy as the tale unfolds.

Cindy Mangsen, The Griesly Bride

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For the Last Time: Community Radio’s Last Love Letter (Again)

I keep intending to tell you
I been lonely much too long
And some morning you will wake up
And find the note that says I’m gone.

I’ve tried so long to say
I’m moving to greener pastures down the line
I keep intending to tell you
But it keeps slipping my mind.

I’ve got it on my lips to warn you
I’ve been lonely my last time
And when you wake up in the morning
You’ll find me gone and lose your mind.

I’d like to say that I’ll be moving
To greener pastures down the line
I keep intending to tell you
But it keeps slipping my mind.

I would have —
Thinking of the words I’ll say
If I could keep old memories
From always headin’ in my way.

I’ve come so very close to saying
My lovin’ is a waste of time
I keep intending to tell you
But it keeps slipping my mind…

Your Friend,

Hank Mills (as told by Tammy Wynette)

It Keeps Slipping My Mind, Tammy Wynette

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Rappelling For Dummies: A Guide for the Rest of Us!

Rappel

rap pel \rə-ˈpel\:

Noun

1. To descend (as from a cliff) by sliding down a rope passed under one thigh, across the body, and over the opposite shoulder or through a special friction device

rappel noun
ORIGIN: from Old French rapeler meaning to recall, summon.

Equipment Needed:

Anchor: An essential piece of climbing equipment that is inserted into cracks and crevices for climber safety and stability. Here we recommend either cams or nuts, rather than rock defacing pitons.

Locking Carabiner: Buyer beware. All rappel devices are created equal, however some are more equal than others. It’s best to pick the more equal carabiner. That is one that has a locking or screwing mechanism.

Harness: This seemingly essential piece of equipment fits around your waist and legs in a snug, but hopefully not too snug fashion. Here comfort is paramount and chafing is  price paid for being cheap.

Gloves: A good pair of leather climbing gloves will allow the amateur climber to appear better than he really is. Essential.

Daisy Chain: No, I don’t know what this is either.

That’s it! Now you’re ready to rappel! Godspeed and good luck.

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Liam Fitzgerald and the Rainieros: The Interview, Part Two

Here is part two of the  Walkin’ the Floor interview with talented honky tonker Liam Fitzgerald of The Rainieros. We sat down at Seattle’s legendary home of country music, the Little Red Hen, and talked about his new album Last Call over a few Rainiers and had a great time.

The Interview, Part Two

Also check out The Rainieros on YouTube as well as part one of the interview.

Walkin’ the Floor airs on KBCS 91.3 FM every Sunday morning from 6 am – 9 am, and streams live and archived at www.kbcs.fm.

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Liam Fitzgerald and the Rainieros: The Interview, Part Two

Tune in Sunday morning 9/16/12) at 7:30 am on Walkin’ the Floor to hear part two of our interview with talented honky tonker Liam Fitzgerald of The Rainieros, live at Seattle’s legendary home of country music, the Little Red Hen!

In the meantime check them out on YouTube or listen to part one of the interview:

Interview Part One

Walkin’ the Floor airs on KBCS 91.3 FM every Sunday morning from 6 am – 9 am, and streams live and archived at www.kbcs.fm.

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Our Lady of the Tall Trees: Cahalen Morrison and Eli West

Cahalen Morrison & Eli West, uncredited

Prologue

Some musicians you come to late. They are fully formed, have found their voice, their place, their history writ. Some you catch out of the corner of your eye when they’re still swirling around in the heat and dust of creation. There’s a particular excitement around the latter and it only grows as expectations hold up.

I first heard picker Cahalen Morrison sometime around the end of 2009 or beginning of 2010. He had a low-fi old-time recording out called Old-Timey and New Fangled and it was raw and sweet. Meanwhile, in Seattle, another picker, Eli West, was playing around town and, like his soon-to-be partner Morrison, was adding multiply instruments to his name. The two began to play together and in 2010 put out a beautiful old-time album called The Holy Coming of the Storm. Now we have the follow-up.

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Linocut by Mike Costello

Our Lady of the Tall Trees

Our Lady of the Tall Trees, is due out early September, and it is a seriously fine album. There is a bounce to their music, I don’t know how else to say it, but it sounds like home.

Like many who’ve come before they wear their influences on their coat sleeves – Norman Blake, Townes Van Zandt, Bruce Molsky, all heady company to keep. Both men are phenomenal musicians and I believe would do Molsky and Blake proud. I continue to be terribly impressed by how intricate and clean their playing is, but still retains a loose, warm feeling that so many pyrotechnic players have lost or never had.

They also do Van Zandt proud.  He is so often covered as to be almost cliche, yet Morrison and West’s take on Loretta is one of the best covers of the man I’ve ever heard. Their version is so simple, a musical conversation between two guys that have played together often and love many of the same things. They turn it into a tight brother harmony piece and the mix keeps their voices way up front highlighting the wonderfully lilting melody.

Then there is the gorgeous title cut, Our Lady of the Tall Trees, written in a Knoxville kitchen and is the centerpiece of the album. It sits somewhere between the poetry of Robert Hunter and William Carlos Williams. A nice place to be, I believe.

This is an album that doesn’t think too much about tradition, because it doesn’t have to. It doesn’t have to think too much about being a dusty ol’ relic either, because it doesn’t have to. It’s for the old-time crowd and it’s not for the old-time crowd. If this is the future of acoustic Americana then we are in the best possible hands. These guys should have a cult following. It’s for where good music is heard.

Cahalen and Eli will be performing at the Triple Door on Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 at 8 p.m.

You can check out some songs at www.cahalenandeli.com and at Hearth Music.

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