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We're All Going To Hell!

by Jennifer Markey

Wish you could go back in time to 1967 Bakersfield? How about a honky-tonk bar in Nashville circa 1972? You got your wish! This is original music that sounds like it came out of the backwoods decades ago.
Genre: Country: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Bottom of the Glass
2:55 $0.99
2. Minneapolis Or You
2:44 $0.99
3. Bakersfield
2:17 $0.99
4. Calico Girl
3:07 $0.99
5. Say Somethin'
2:25 $0.99
6. Old Crow
2:31 $0.99
7. Knoxville
3:56 $0.99
8. My Wedding Day
3:08 $0.99
9. So Tired (Of Foolin' Around With You)
1:53 $0.99
10. ...And the Jukebox Played ("Sweet Child O' Mine")
3:26 $0.99
11. 2 O'Clock In the Morning
3:26 $0.99
12. Drunkard's Lullabye
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Album Notes
In 2005 I visited Southern Ohio, where my father's father's mother was born. My aunt Lisa and I followed directions that read like a punchline: "Follow the holler road till you reach the curve in the road; take a left, even though it looks like you can't." The roads outside of Stafford, Ohio , many of which are not named, are paved with sharp, green pieces of slag from the limestone mine. It is a land like no other; one-room schoolhouses still stand and so does the one-room cabin in which my great-grandmother, Josie Day, was born. A small makeshift cemetery stands next to road, containing only the graves of children. Cars up on blocks sit, rotting, behind dilapidated trailers, dogs tied up and barking because they rarely see a vehicle they don't know. And people wave like they know you. It was a real eye-opener for me; I felt a real connection to my roots that day.

My mother reminds me that her family has roots in Kentucky: land of bluegrass and the town where her grandmother left her son, my grandfather, when times got tough and she could only afford to take four of the five children to the big city of Akron, Ohio to find work. Joe grew up with an aunt and uncle, but no mother, until he could get to Akron himself when he was old enough to work, too. After Joe Long died, his eight kids had to go through his house and divvy up the items they wanted for themselves. In a kitchen cupboard my uncle Dan found a Mason jar of moonshine.

The common denominator was music, and it always has been. Everybody played, whether it was banjo or guitar or spoons, washboard, or just their own voices. It happened after dinner or at church on Sundays and folks had a good time.

This album was born out of my love for my hillbilly heritage; upright bass, twangy guitars, simple drums, acoustic guitar, pedal steel and banjo all come together to create a sound that is fresh and new, but sounds like it was written in Boone County in 1945.

Liner Notes:


Jennifer Markey-rhythm guitars and lead vocals
Dan Gaarder-lead guitars and backing vocals
Clay Williams-lead guitars and backing vocals
Bill Quinn-pedal steel, lap steel, dobro
Eric Paulson-upright bass
Zach Benson-drums

Contributing players:

Erik Kosinen-banjo, baritone, lead guitar, various percussion
Richard Medek-drums and percussion on "Calico Girl", "Bakersfield", and "And The Jukebox Played 'Sweet Child O' Mine'"
Molly Maher-resonator guitar on "Drunkard's Lullabye"
Eliza Blue-violin on "Drunkard's Lullabye"
Jon Rodine-backing vocals on "Drunkard's Lullabye"

Produced and recorded by Erik Koskinen at Blood and Money studios, Minneapolis, MN in 2008 and 2009
Mix and master by Clay Williams
Photos of Jennifer by Steven Cohen
All other photos by Jennifer Markey
Cover art by Diana Dombeck
Layout and design by Clay Williams

Thank you to:
Jonny Imperial, Elaine Markey, John Markey, Chris Markey, Kris Miles, Angel Ruppert, Steve Murray, Tony Wirth, Holle Brian, Molly Maher, The 331 Club, Jon and Jarret Oulman, Quillan and Kim Roe, Wain McFarlane, Sherwin Linton, Rich Mattson, Jom Walsh, Alicia Corbett, Grant Johnson, Richard Gunderson, Bill Kelly, Kevin Anthony, Steve Everett, John Hatfield, Kris Johnson, Keely LAne, Rand Livingston, Glen Hanson, George Dombeck, Peter Bauer, Nancy VanBuskirk, Frank Rivera (R.I.P.), Zack Kurdosky, Karen Williams, Kymn Paulson, Donna Simpson, Madi, Simon, and anyone else I've forgotten who ever did anything extra nice for me.

Album Review, MinnPost, 1/30/10:
The best line from “Crazy Heart” comes when a young music journalist asks the hard-luck troubadour where his songs come from. “Life, unfortunately,” answers the dude, and that is the crux of Markey’s 12-song rootsabilly crucible, as suggested by the opening track, “Bottom Of The Glass,” which finds our heroine drinking and waiting on her man. Make no mistake: This is no warbling folk-pop or faux-roots indie rock; it’s classic femme-country rock on the order of Wanda Jackson and Rosie Flores, typified by the protagonist in “Two O’Clock in the Morning” who boasts, “At age 14 you could hardly guess/I had a knife and a pistol underneath my dress.”

Produced and recorded by Eric Koskinen (who knows a little something about barroom bad-assery and classic lived-in country music and who will be uncorking his own record before the year is out), “Hell” is a trip through the same barrooms that Hank and Waylon and Loretta slit their wrists in, but with a decidedly Midwestern twist. “Minneapolis Or You” and “And The Jukebox Played `Sweet Child O’ Mine’” are fun would-be radio hits, but there’s real pathos and yearning in stuff like “Say Somethin’” and “Calico Girl.” It’s all doused with pedal steel guitar, banjo, fiddle, and the expertise of her band, anchored by the warm guitar of Dan Gaarder. All in all, it sounds like a trip to Lee’s or Nye’s coming out of your dashboard; if this is what going to hell feels like, well, everybody grab hands and jump in, because the flames feel fine.



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Scott Smith

Correction to previous review
In my previous review I made an error. It was JIM Walsh at the Hootenanny with Jennifer and Co., not Chris.

Scott Smith

One of the best Minneapolis barroom balladeers
I have had the pleasure of seeing Jennifer Markey play a couple of live shows in Minneapolis (at a Hootenanny with Billy Bragg, Tom Morello, Chris Walsh and others, and at the 331 Club) and she is an outstanding singer/songwriter. I have a soft spot for Americana music about drinkin', killin' and lost love, and Jennifer's songs do not disappoint. Her song "And the Jukebox Played (Sweet Child O' Mine)" is one of the most memorable barroom songs I've heard in quite a while, and I'm glad to finally be able to own it on CD.