77 El Deora | Hammer & Tongs

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Hammer & Tongs

by 77 El Deora

Literate, original, hillbilly-noir in the classic rhythms and themes of western America: cheatin\', lyin\', drinkin\', dyin\', broken hearts, shattered dreams, bright twangy guitars and the Ray Price shuffle.
Genre: Country: Alt-Country
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1. High On Life - Short On Cash
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2. Something to Hide
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3. The Lovers Card
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4. Evidently
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5. Poison
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6. Three Times
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7. New Car Smell
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8. Javalina
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9. Everybody Knows
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10. Out With the Old
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11. Bring It On
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12. Bonus Track
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Album Notes
On their new studio recording, HAMMER & TONGS, 77 EL DEORA jangles some familiar nerves and scuffs up some new ground off the beaten path. As on SIRENS (WIR0105), singers Jenn Courtney, Maurice Tani, and a dozen other musicians lay out a literate vision of country that is both dramatic and fun.

H&T features 10 new songs from Tani, written specifically for Courtney\'s vivid persona. Dark, hyper-romantic ballads and bright, shiny, trailer-park operettas. Plus a pair of retooled masterworks: -an assertive redo of Leonard Cohen’s brooding Everybody Knows, and, as a special bonus track, an unexpected version of Leiber & Stoller’s existentialist classic Is That All There Is?.

\"Smart, hip, hard-core country is what 77 El Deora serves up.\" -- radioioCountry.com

\"Tani is a master at the play on word and like early Robbie Fulks, respects the tradition of classic country themes, but with a contemporary twist.\" -- FreightTrain Boogie



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Flippin' awesome
I really love this album. It's like a walk down Country Music Row, but not the Nashville kind. More like Bakersfield and honky tonks in Lodi and Yountville. Great fiddle on many of the songs. The CD takes you through many moods--foot-stomping, swinging, crying over a broken heart or an empty glass or a black eye. Maurice's song-writing knocks me out--who would think to rhyme "redacted" with "fact, dear"?! Jen Courtney's husky voice does it's magic, and the guest vocals by Catherine Foreman are a beautiful and wistful complement. Really, the album is a tour-de-force.

Paul Landeros

GREAT is the Phrase that Pays
One could write thousands of words saying Hammer and Tongs is great music. Why do that when you can say emotion is the name of this game. 77 El Deora music flows into your ears and soon a craving overtakes you. The more you listen the more you want. This is the kind of CD one needs to own. Listen carefully. Let yourself cry in your beer one second and in the next let your feet do the talking. 77 El Deora is the group your senses want to wrap themselves around. You won\'t be disappointed.