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Popskull & High Art

by Various Artists

Producers Max Drake and Emily Edwards bring together the talents of leading Piedmont, North Carolina blues musicians to lead you on a roots-blues musical tale about the rural South and the business of moonshine.
Genre: Blues: Piedmont Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Broke Down Blues
Julie Bean, Max Drake, Matt Hill, Chuck Cotton & Theresa Drake
6:56 $0.99
2. Pawn Shop Blues
Max Drake
1:37 $0.99
3. Uncle Shine
Max Drake, Matt Hill, Chuck Cotton & Theresa Drake
3:31 $0.99
4. Make Believe Woman
Max Drake, Matt Hill, Chuck Cotton & Theresa Drake
4:56 $0.99
5. Lutin Woods
Max Drake & Chuck Cotton
3:26 $0.99
6. Sorry
Juan Fernandez, Max Drake & Fj Ventre
5:55 $0.99
7. Oh Shout
Max Drake, Matt Hill, Chuck Cotton & Theresa Drake
3:47 $0.99
8. Banjo Terror
Matt Hill & Chuck Cotton
2:54 $0.99
9. Moonshine Is High Art
Logie Meachum & Max Drake
5:12 $0.99
10. Back Porch Blues
Max Drake
1:13 $0.99
11. Ain't Nobody's Fault but Mine
Logie Meachum
2:24 $0.99
12. Wasted
Matt Hill, Max Drake, Fj Ventre & Chuck Cotton
4:17 $0.99
13. Nobody's Looking for Me
Julie Bean, Max Drake & Scott Manring
5:22 $0.99
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Album Notes
With multi-talented musicians, Max Drake (guitar/mandolin), Matt Hill (guitar/lap steel/banjo), and Chuck Cotton (drums/percussion), providing the basic “mash” for this distillation, Julie Bean (vocals), FJ Ventre (upright bass), Theresa Drake (percussion), Logie Meachum (guitars/vocals), Scott Manring (banjo/mandolin), and Juan Fernandez (vocals) add backing to the high shots, tempering “Popskull & High Art” to 100 proof. The result is an intriguing chronicle of legends and tall tales with superb musicianship from all involved.

Max Drake, Matt Hill and Chuck Cotton’s long pedigrees include playing with such blues greats as Bob Margolin, Hubert Sumlin, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Pinetop Perkins, Big Jack Johnson, Carey Bell, Jimmy Rogers, Nappy Brown, and Big Bill Morganfield to name just a few.

With this talented mix of blues artists, “Popskull & High Art” gives us tasty samplings of what would be classified as Blues-Americana.



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Popskull refers to any poorly crafted homemade “likker” that elicits such a sense of misery the day after drinking that ones feels as if their skull will literally pop. It’s said that well-made moonshine, on the other hand, is akin to high art in the distilling cultures. Popskull & High Art is producer, arranger and writers Max Drake and Emily Edwards’ homage to not just the devil drink, but also the mountain culture from whence it sprang. The pair brought together an array of talented Piedmont musicians, the “mash for the still” as the creators put it, to lay down the spirit of this old trade in a distinctly folk format. The result is an intriguing chronicle of legends and tall tales with superb musicianship from all involved. Guitarist Matt Hill provides growling, snarling vocal work in the vein of the great Captain Beefheart on “Uncle Shine,” a warning about a man who’s still spits out the album title’s former. The line “Can take you straight to heaven/But the hangover purely hell” provides ample support for that assertion. Hill displays outstanding vocal range with the soaring gospel intonation of “Oh Shout” and a deft picker’s hand on “Banjo Terror.” Logie Meachum provides great classic blues vocal and guitar accoutrement on the traditional “Ain’t Nobody’s Fault But Mine” and “Moonshine is High Art.” It won’t leave you with devastating after-effects of Popskull, but really is a piece of High Art.