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Buttercup Joe

by Adam Miller

Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. Foolish You
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2. Mines Of Falun
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3. The Wagoner's Curse On The Railroad
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4. The Winding Stream
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5. Dog And Gun
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6. Buttercup Joe
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7. Get Off The Track
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8. The Shining Birch Tree
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9. The Talking Atomic Blues
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10. Morgan
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11. Bill Hosie
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12. Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?
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13. In My Eyes
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14. The Master Of The Sheepfold
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15. Come On And Join The Air Force
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16. The Lilac And The Apple Tree
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17. Ashes On The Sea
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18. California Joe
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Massimo Ferro

Still interested in the old traditional ballads
"I really enjoy your work as you are one of the few American artists who is still interested in the old traditional ballads and songs written by other songwriter (instead of writing all your own songs, like most of the American artists do at present). Your work reminds me the golden day of the urban folk movement and in fact I started playing "Buttercup Joe" almost immediately in my radio show of American roots music..."
-Massimo Ferro, Radio Voce Spazi, Alessandria, Italy
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San Francisco 'folknik" May 2011

Adam weaves a history book with song ...
Buttercup Joe is the latest offering from noted storyteller, folksinger, and autoharpist Adam Miller. Adam’s deep voice, with sometimes the hint of a broad country accent and an occasional growl, is a perfect match for these mostly old story-songs. Adam accompanies himself on autoharp and guitar, and other instruments enhance the sound. Unlike his previous recording, Bare Fingers, most of these songs will likely be unfamiliar to you. (Two you will recognize are “The Winding Stream” and “Brother Can You Spare a Dime.”)

Adam weaves a history book with song as he explores tales from a seventeenth-century copper mine, an abolitionist tune, a teamster’s lament at the coming of the railroads, the development of the seaplane, a World War II parody, and a protest song about the atom bomb. Woody Guthrie fans will be interested to learn about the final disposition of Woody’s ashes. Extensive footnotes provide information about the origins of each song.

Included are some songs that bring to mind the natural beauty of the land. My favorite recalls our agricultural past, when families buried their dead in an honored corner of their hard-won land. Adam’s a capella version of Kate Wolf’s “The Lilac and the Apple” evokes the loneliness of an abandoned farm. The last song, like so many ballads, is one of many verses, telling of the treacherous journey west by wagon train, including Indian raids and a love story. The day has been long and hard, and night has fallen. Just keep putting wood on the campfire while this story rolls on.
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