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I Ain't No Pretty Boy No More

by Dan Cunningham

Eclectic, Not Electric - Appalachian based folk
Genre: Folk: Appalachian Folk
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Album Notes
Some us were remarkably good-looking in our younger years, but we have to face facts. The wear and tear of life takes a fearful toll. For some unlucky souls out there, the decline is markedly worse. And then, there's the adjustment to reality when we realize our condition.

"I Ain't No Pretty Boy No More" describes such a life, however briefly. While the "setting" of the song is Logan, West Virginia in the 1970's/1980's, there are earlier historical references as part of the narration (Korean War, Presidential election of 1956).

The song was recorded with two acoustic guitars (Larrivee SD-50 and Yamaha LJX6C) at my home studio (the Boom Closet). It was mixed and mastered at Moviesound Studios in Parkersburg WV by David Traugh.

Words and music by Dan Cunningham
copyright 2010 pickndawg music (PAu3-598-341)

About Dan and other weird stuff....
At an early age, Dan spent long hours listening to a 50's era Zenith console, playing and replaying the the one 45 rpm single each of Eddie Arnold and Fats Domino, and the 78's of Dinah Shore and Haydn's "Surprise" Symphony. The imprint on an impressionable young mind was profound, and you might say he never recovered... Drifting from rock, to country to jazz; to blues, Bach and back again, Dan's own music failed to develop. And then, one late night laying awake in a fleabag motel, Dan saw the light. It turned out to the flickering neon sign from "Murph's Café" next door. As fate would have it, the very next day as Dan was dining at that same café, savoring the only item on the menu he could afford; a small order of chili-cheese fries. His eyes were drawn to the Elvis portraits in black velvet, and just below, a small smeared blackboard with the lunch special, "Murph's Bologna Burger". At that moment inspiration struck and would have knocked Dan's socks off, had he been wearing any. The central question was clear....why top your burger with bologna and not chili? It was time to play real music, music that tops off the meaty taste of life like chili on a flame grilled hamburger still dripping with the satisfying essence of fullness. It was from this point the distinct and varied music he called "New Appalachian" began to come forth. (As along as he stayed away from the fifth)...

Over the years Dan has performed/recorded with Phil Keaggy (Grammy nominee and Dove award winner), Robin Kessinger (1985 National Flatpicking Champion), Nedra Talley Ross (Ronettes), Phil Madeira (Nashville songwriter, recording artist) Lance DeMers (Hannah's Prayer), John Fischer, Jenny Allinder, Ted Sandquist and others. .... Dan's first solo CD, INTO THE FLOW, received glowing reviews and was a "Viewer's Choice" award winner on Kweevak.com. His second CD, I THINK OF HOME, built on this musical vision, expanding the range of expression for Appalachian music. The songs received recognition in several songwriting competitions, including an Honorable Mention in the Billboard song contest. .... Dan's third CD, WAYFARING STRANGER (2006) placed third in Kweevak's Listener's Choice Awards. One tune, "Big Gene", won Honorable Mention in the SONG OF THE MONTH contest. The CD was a showcase for his songwriting abilities. Traditional storytelling is mixed with a measured touch of contemporary sounds. .... Dan's 2008 release, BACK TO MORGANTOWN is all acoustic. It features his bone-janglin', brain twistin', finger-picking guitar. Original tunes by Dan plus a few traditional favorites: "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" is meted out on Dan's old acoustic guitar and the music ends with the old Scottish song, "Annie Laurie" presented in a simple arrangement with guitar, vocal and cello. .... In 2010, Dan released the single "Out Of My Mind", a tragic tale set in the 1920's coalfields of West Virginia. The song was entered in the Mountain Stage/New Song Contest and Dan made the Southeast Regional Finals. .... RIVER FLOW (2011) is a remix of Dan's first instrumental acoustic guitar CD, INTO THE FLOW. It is now a more purely musical experience, with better sound, re-imagined mixes, and a beautiful new artwork. .......... .. .. ..The Dominion Post has described Dan's playing as "guitar genius" and by Ben Ohmart of Music Dish as "luscious.".... "The guitar is outstanding! I'm talking great technique, great emotion and inventive playing.".. -www.southofmainstream.com.... "Dan Cunningham plays his guitar the way a man loves a woman--- with heart and caring and affection." Richard Fuller.... Discography:.. Courts of the King (1976) Ted Sandquist.. Emerging (1977) Phil Keaggy Band.. Let The Whole Earth (1984) Ted Sandquist.. Be My Refuge (1985) Ted Sandquist.. Not For Flatpickers Only (1986) Robin Kessinger.. Re-Emerging (2000) Phil Keaggy Band.. Into The Flow (2001).. Thread Of Healing (2002) Karen Taylor.. I Think Of Home(2003).. Wayfaring Stranger (2006).. Back To Morgantown (2008) .. .. Dan has performed/recorded with these artists (among others):.. John Fischer.. Phil Keaggy (Dove award winner, Grammy nominee).. Phil Madeira (Nashville songwriter, Buddy Miller Band) .. Ted Sandquist.. Nedra Talley Ross (Ronettes).. Jenny Allinder.. Robin Kessinger (1985 National Flatpick Champ)



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