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First Cousin

by Cousin Dad

Acoustic, Jamgrass, Bluegrass and Country Blues from one of minnesota's finest acoustic/original bands.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Mojo Hand
5:11 album only
2. Get No Better
5:25 album only
3. An Animal Will Move Away From Pain
3:29 album only
4. The Mummy
4:12 album only
5. Prayin' Ground
4:31 album only
6. Dumb Old Shaggy Dog
3:21 album only
7. Footsteps So Near
5:49 album only
8. Mary Jo
3:07 album only
9. Juila Bell Swain
5:06 album only
10. 3 Mississippi
5:09 album only
11. I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)
4:15 album only


Album Notes
Cousin Dad When I first heard Cousin Dad play I saw what at first appeared to be a typical bluegrass band, but when the music began I was greeted with a very atypical joy and animation in performing.

Here were no stiff-jointed, glazed-eyed bluegrass purists, but a loose and limber romp into Latin country blues, jazz, fiddle tunes, bluegrass, Motown, and old-timey.

They play the songs they love and they love to play together: that is the great fun of a Cousin Dad performance.

What other string band would combine 'Good Bad and Ugly' theme with Leadbelly's 'When I Was a Cowboy' or the fiddle tune 'Whiskey Before Breakfast' in Latin jazz beat.

You will hear great originals and clever arrangements of familiar tunes that will set your ear on its ear.

They will rock out; they will pick a driving bluegrass song with soulful harmonics or fiddle a sweet waltz.

How many bass players can play the lead on fiddle tunes? Pete Mathison, their bass player can and he plays it on an upright bass.

Finally, a Cousin Dad performance has an easy warmth like a late night jam session after all the music prudes have gone to bed -- the joyful music that erupts from a group of friends at 4am around the camp fire.

Cousin Dad and it's members where awarded 4 awards at the MBOTMA award program in the year 2000.

Best Band (non-bluegrass) Best Bass Player (non-bluegrass) Best Bass Player (bluegrass) Best Mandolin Player (non-bluegrass)



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Mark Anderson - Monroe Crossing

Until you can see them live, hear them here
Like trying to capture the Grand Canyon in a postcard, "First Cousin" is essential if you've never been there and a nice keepsake between visits. Cousin Dad's live show is a thing of beauty and grace. They've been a jam band longer than that title has existed. Growing out of the band "Farm Accident", "Cousin Dad" skips merrily between John Hartford's legacy, eclectic late night jam sessions at the corner of Leadbelly and Vaudville, and the hopes that other jam bands will come to understand melody and songcraft like the 'Dads do.

Alan Lomax

Imagine Timothy Leary, Escher, Gödel and Bach lounging in a surreal Riverside Gazebo arguing the relative merits of derivation and creation. Imagine them hungry, wondering which one of them will get up and cook. One gets up eventually but only comes back with beer. Playful breezes rip the river. In the distance, the sound of an elderly (insert cool minority here) man tuning his zither.