Of My Native Land
"Original, funky, rootsy, untamed, fun, deep, off-beat, eclectic and with a sense of wonder - all with a tasteful quirkyness, spiced with the things I love in good music. Bravo!"
~ Frank Matheis/WKZE CT
"positive proof that everything old is new again" ~ j poet
1 Ramblin' Man vocal TOM ARMSTRONG sample mp3
2 Cow Cow Yicky Yicky Yea vocal LEADBELLY 1944 sample mp3
3 Gypsy Laddie vocals WENDY ALLEN sample mp3
4 Wade in the Water instrumental FULL MP3
5 My Home Is Not a Home vocal TOM ARMSTRONG sample mp3
6 Bodie instrumental sample mp3
7 The One I Love Is Gone vocals WENDY ALLEN sample mp3
8 Little Maggie vocal ARIC LEAVITT sample mp3
9 Story About William Riley Shelton narration DOUG WALLIN
10 The Turtledove vocal WENDY ALLEN sample mp3
11 Calling Trains vocal TRAIN CALLER 1936 sample mp3
12 Pullin' the Skiff vocal ORA DELL GRAHAM 1940 FULL MP3
13 My Sweet Love Ain't Around vocal TOM ARMSTRONG sample mp3
14 The Time Has Come vocal WENDY ALLEN
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Neo-traditionalists Conrad Praetzel and Robert Powell stake out their claim
in the Americana landscape with an eclectic mix of ambient folk and acid/alt
country. Clothesline Revival blends electronic and acoustic beats with
dobro, mandolin, guitars, lap and pedal steel guitar, ebow, atmospherics and
more to create a captivating new sound with an old-time haunting quality.
Included are adaptations of historical field recordings (several recorded by
the legendary American musicologist John A. Lomax) including performances by
Leadbelly, Ora Dell Graham, and an unidentified old train caller. Vocalists
Wendy Allen and Tom Armstrong lend their talents to songs by Hank Williams,
Bill Monroe, Onie Wheeler, Anne Briggs as well as to traditional American
folk songs. Wendy Allen, from North Carolina, is a mesmerizing singer and
interpreter of American roots music, while Tom Armstrong's vocals recall
classic honky- tonk and country crooners of the fifties like Wynn Stewart and
Clothesline Revival is ....
CONRAD PRAETZEL on beats, atmospherics, bass, guitar, dobro and mandolin
and ROBERT POWELL - lap, pedal steel, ebow, bass, baritone and electric guitars
with guest musicians:
BRANTLEY KEARNS - fiddle
MARK FULLER- drums
BRUCE "CREEPER" KURNOW -harmonica
JOHN MURPHY- harmonica
and guest vocalists:
and archival field recording vocals by:
ORA DELL GRAHAM
UNIDENTIFIED TRAIN CALLER
Check out Frank Goodman's extensive interviews with principal characters involved in the making of Clothesline Revival's Of My Native Land (click here).
Listen to the All Things Considered Review of Of My Native Land
some quotes about Clothesline Revival's Of My Native Land ....
"In an era where musical appropriation and cross-pollination have become the virtual norm, Praetzel and co. have accomplished something truly unprecedented and wonderful -- and something deeply meaningful to anyone with an appreciation for the American folk tradition."
- Jesse Ashlock/epitonic.com
"...a fresh soulful version of Americana." - Karen Olson/ Utne Reader
"Marrying traditional music from a wide range of sources to maverick musical treatments, loops, beats and samples has produced brilliant offspring." - Frank Goodman/puremusic.com
"...dang-near every track rewards repeated listens, old meeting new in strange, exciting ways." - Ned Hammad/ Tower Pulse!
"The album Moby should have made instead of Play..." - Chris Nickson/Seattle Weekly
"...positive proof that everything old is new again." - j. poet/ Paste Magazine