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Eleven Story Strum

by Darius Degher

Lyric-forward postmodern folk for people who dislike clichés
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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2. Hey John
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3. My American Constitution
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4. Clydene
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5. So Far Away
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6. All These Miles
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7. The Nightmare of Abraham
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8. Somehow I'm Fine
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9. Burger King By the Interstate
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10. A Bartender Named Jesus
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Album Notes
“Darius was a postmodern eclectic long before it was cool.”
-- Jay Allen Sanford, San Diego Reader

Equally comfortable as an eclectic folkie and as an electric bandleader, for decades now Darius has been following his own musical vision. And the clarity of that vision has led him to some surprising places. Although “folk” records at heart, his CDs have not shied away from experimentation and innovation, including spoken word, proto-rap, and the use of sitar. Darius is a singer-songwriter and seasoned guitarist, but he’s also a published poet, and his lyrics stand at the center of each of his songs. In the end, his work is a stew of cosmic Americana, what the L.A. Reader once called a “cornucopia of bright, lyrical wit and intelligently crafted songs.”

Darius’ changing names haven’t always made it easy for people to follow his career. He used only his first name for years (until Darius Rucker came along). Then he went by “Darius Jones” in Sweden. His track record accumulated nevertheless. He played sitar on Warren Zevon’s "Bad Karma”; released six CDs; and performed at some of the USA’s most important music venues: CBGB, the Bitter End, the Whiskey, the Roxy, the Continental Club, Passim, SXSW, and the New Music Seminar. Over the years, he and his bands have played on bills with acts such as Don McLean, Lucinda Williams, Los Lobos, and Guy Clark.

His latest CD ELEVEN STORY STRUM was released May 10, 2015.

Darius is back in California now, and over the last few years he’s been starting to make his presence known again, playing the odd show in San Diego and LA. His 2012 CD The Coyote Cantos was nominated for a San Diego Music Award. Prior to that, though, he disappeared from (American) view for a dozen years or so, living in Sweden, where he was the singer and songwriter in the alt-country group Burning Bridges. Their CD Poor Man’s Vacation (and other Tales of the Wild and the Weary) was critically lauded. The group performed on national TV and at numerous festivals and clubs around Sweden, opening shows for the likes of Sixteen Horsepower and Dr. John. But in Sweden, Darius spent more time writing poetry than music (his debut poetry collection To See the Sound was published in 2014).

Prior to moving to Europe, Darius released Garage Sale of the Soul and Cardboard Confessional, which helped make him a feature of the vibrant Los Angeles acoustic music scene of the day. That CD came out in 1990 on Gold Castle/Capitol Records (the folk music label of Bruce Cockburn, Joan Baez, and Don McLean, which went out of business in 1990). The CD was released nationally and received radio airplay in numerous American cities. The video for the song "White Boy Raving" was aired on MTV and other music video shows. It also made Billboard Magazine's Top Twenty Video List.

In his more nascent years, his band Darius and the Magnets was part of the so-called “Paisley Underground” scene of L.A. and San Diego. They released a single on Big Time Records of Australia, along with an EP and two videos, one of which aired on MTV’s Basement Tapes show. One of their songs appeared on KGB Radio’s San Diego Homegrown Album.

From reviews of The Coyote Cantos, Cardboard Confessional, Garage Sale of the Soul, & Poor Man’s Vacation

“If it weren’t for the fact that he’s [several albums] into a career, I’m sure there’d be a call to label him the next Bob Dylan.” -- Leicester Bangs Music Blog

”Every once in a while an album comes along with lyrics so wondrous, so vital, that they should be scripted on parchment, bound in fine leather and handed out . . . Darius -- songwriter or poet?” -- Robert J. Hawkins, San Diego Union Tribune

”Hearing Hollywood’s poet laureate in concert is always a treat . . . his lyrical abilities are still unsurpassed.” -- Rich Robinson, Los Angeles Reader”

“More down to the ground than even Dylan achieved in his talking blues days . . . Darius is a fresh new breed of folkie, proud of but not stuck on tradition.” -- Kurt Wolf, San Francisco Bay Guardian

”Five fingers” (highest rating) “ . . . a breath of fresh air in a sea of smog. an LP that would surely ‘hit’ if less of us were so into the ‘me’ generation, though it still might.” -- In Concert Magazine

“A good buy if you like both Merle Haggard and Neil Young.” -- Jonas Ohman, Ginza, Countrykrönika, Sweden.

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Sylvia Lange

Another offering from a real poet
Darius is a poet first, and a consummate musician second, with a style that will make you think of other poets like Leonard Cohen or Bob Dylan, with musicality that reminds the listener of Neil Young or Tom Petty... yet still uniquely Darius. "Eleven Story Strum" is yet another display of his songwriting prowess, created with his usual intelligent and provocative handling of various life themes. Although his politics eke out at every turn, so does his heart as demonstrated in "So Far Away" and his humor, peeking out in "A Bartender Named Jesus". Every time I hear him, his beautiful music takes me back to another time when singer/songwriters carved out our cultural experiences. This album is just simply a delight.
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