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Hot Runnin' Water: Stories of Tennessee

by Digger Lou

The best in FOLKGRASS music: Original tunes with plenty of wit and clawhammer banjo. Like John Prine, Nanci Griffith, or Mary Chapin-Carpenter with a humorous perspective on life.
Genre: Folk: Progressive Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hot Runnin' Water
3:08 $0.99
2. Platform Shoes
5:41 $0.99
3. My Friend Harry
3:38 $0.99
4. Bomblets
4:31 $0.99
5. You're My Nightlight
4:55 $0.99
6. I Love You, I Just Can't Stand You
3:22 $0.99
7. Getting It Straight
3:44 $0.99
8. Mr. TV
3:16 $0.99
9. You Still Aint No Good
4:01 $0.99
10. What I Learnt at the Factory
3:51 $0.99
11. Coming Back Home
4:45 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Digger", raised in Queens, NY on music and show business, studied improvisational theatre at The Neighborhood Playhouse. Her father, an accomplished musician, was chief broadcast engineer for such productions as The Ed Sullivan and Carol Burnett Shows. His own Billy Held Orchestra
traveled the prestigious Catskills hotel circuit. Frequent studio visits excited Digger's passion for performing, writing songs and stories, and learning to play the banjo.

Music studies progressed while a Theatre Major at Hofstra University. Digger received critical acclaim for her hilarious performance as a Cockney teenager in Noel Coward's comedy, "Fumed Oak". With a Bachelor of Arts Cum Laude in literature from Queens College, she left for Atlanta.
There, as a DJ personality on WRFG-FM radio, she wrote and improvised live comedy sketches. During the next decade, the character "Digger Lou" began to evolve, with her penetrating whimsical "folkgrass" music. Digger's performances include the Tennessee State Museum, TN Arts Centers, the Bluebird Cafe and the Dark Horse Theatre in Nashville, Opry Star Spotlight with radio legend Johnny K, Louisville Women's Show, local PBS and cable television in Tennessee and Georgia and numerous venues in Tennessee and Kentucky. She has performed at the Nashville Folk Festival for the last 3 years and this year will again at the Metamora Folk Festival in historic Metamora, IN. Digger opened for Jesse McReynolds and Mac Wiseman at the Castalian Springs Bluegrass Festival.

The tracks on Digger's debut album, entitled "Hot Runnin' Water: Stories of Tennessee", display sparkling clever wit and showcase Digger's banjo ability. Her classic tales are of simple living in a baffling world. The album has been chosen for airplay on country/bluegrass stations in the USA, Europe, and Australia.

Digger's "Hot Runnin' Water" CD and her new "punk"(!) single, "Hurting Myself", are available at www.cdbaby.com/diggerlou She is a member of Explor-a-story, a group of storytellers, and a theatre troupe, The White House Players.

Digger was Executive Director of the Nashville Folk Festival for 2 years. She has been asked to conduct a weekend "Songwriting School" at Metamora Folk Festival in Indiana Sept. 5-6, 2009. See link on left.

Individual tracks from "HRW" and also "Hurting Myself" can be downloaded at over 50 websites. Please check for Digger's music at your favorite digital download site.

Please visit Digger Lou's Cornpone Revue at the Official website link on the left.
It's not just a website, it's an adventure!



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Donna Rodgers

Digger’s “Hot Runnin’ Water" is a great CD even my 19 year old likes it
I bought Hot Runnin Water for one particular song...MY Friend Harry and was thrilled with all the songs...My daughter works in a Shirt Factory and I will probably buy her Hot Runnin Water for her birthday.


excellent - just what we need to awaken the music scene - we need more

Sherry Wankel

It Was Fantastic!!!!
I bought the CD for my fiance, Scott. We met her while we were in Nashville. It is great! She is a delight!

Ruthie Steele/Nashville Nelly A&R Records

Love the banjo and clever lyrics. Gotta MEET this girl!
There is not enough comedy in country music today, so I am
delighted with this album. I hope it receives the airplay that it deserves.
Ruthie Steele A&R Records

Nate Griffin

Introducing You to Digger Lou

Through all the years that people have been playing bluegrass music, topics such as women’s footwear, e-mail, and couch potatoes have been excluded from the genre. Even during the recent revival of the bluegrass scene (thanks to the Cohen Brother’s movie O Brother, Where Art Thou?) topics such as injury due to excessive piercing were strictly avoided. However, for the eclectic Digger Lou, these topics have not gone unnoticed. Due to Digger Lou’s relocation from New York (a Yankee?) to Tennessee, her album Hot Runnin’ Water: Stories of Tennessee and her latest single Hurting Myself are able to tackle these topics with a perspective and humor that other bluegrass musicians have not been able to do, while still keeping the integrity of the genre.

Digger Lou’s viewpoint is that of an outsider. Obviously New York is not the traditional bluegrass background. It is that upbringing which enables Digger to be unconfined by the standards of traditional bluegrass subjects. Thus, her album “Hot Runnin’ Water” has a worldly flair to it. The title track is a story of a woman realizing what a luxury running water can be when you have to do without it. What is more painful is she has lived with the extravagance and she is sorely missing it. The song opens the album well, because we already know the singer is a foreigner to the simple Tennessee hills. She even tells herself, “I can clearly say my mind is at ease/ ‘Cause when winter comes, then the pipes can’t freeze,” but even that comes across like she’s trying to convince herself that she’s okay with constantly hauling buckets of water.

This lament is followed by “Platform Shoes,” which is not the most traditional of topics. With the line “She’s got swollen ankles and a big purple bruise,” the song asks the question that deals with the converse (not Chuck Taylors) proportion of the lower the shoe’s comfort, the greater the quantity of shoe is owned. The answer cryptically lies in the line, “Such a good deal she just couldn’t refuse/ She’s got several pairs of those platform shoes.”

Musically, both songs remain within the confines of the traditional bluegrass style, which is jazz with a country accent or just a lack of a brass section. There are several breaks that allow for instrumental improvisation. Surprisingly, the song “You’re My Nightlight” is more of a reggae song than bluegrass with the melody on the bass line and the tenor saxophone aiding the rhythm section. The song is about “unconditional love at first sight” and the horrors of what that might mean, right down to the “rhinoceros lips.”

The highlight of the album is the opening harmonica riff to “Getting it Straight.” In the song, the singer is enduring everything that could go wrong on a desert camping trip from “the Arkansas road [being] like railroad track,” to having to sleep in the car since the sand and with wind both decided to flatten her tent. Yet, it’s that one harmonica lick that stands out in that song, so powerful it compares to the harmonica in Bruce Springsteen’s “The River.”
Digger Lou’s latest single Hurting Myself is a comical yet confused diatribe of a reluctant masochist. Thanks to her partner’s many piercings, the singer has a scar on her face for every kiss the two have shared. It is a very different take on the pains of love, yet it remains that while this relationship is soon to be severed the scars from it will take time to heal. The song also has more of a pop-country feel to it than the Hot Runnin’ Water album, but it remains typical Digger considering the subject matter. Perhaps the real humor doesn’t have to do with the lover’s piercings, but how she ended up with a guy that cannot curb his piercing addiction – a story that may soon be addressed.

Digger has been writing musings that put perspective to her songs. These writings, which come in installments, have been well received and she will be writing a regular column for Sensored. She is a welcome addition to the writing staff, and we hope you enjoy.

To Digger: They are all yours. We may even let you keep the good stuff. (And if you people don’t get it, I suggest you listen to her album)

Rikk's Revues

A distinct sound, folkgrass is the sound, and Digger does it as good as anyone. She can also really play her instrument of choice, banjo is that instrument. A true Americana CD focusing on the songwriting ability, playing, and performing knack. The CD is made up of 11 songs bringing home some stories of America's heartland, and the lyrics are enough to draw you in with both humor and truth. In the matter of fact style that makes you almost know who and what Digger is singing about personally.

The writing style is kind of like what John Prine would have written from a female perspective. An earthy vocal approach that makes you feel as welcome as you do in your own skin. You see, the whole truth of the matter is, Digger has a down home style in both her presentation and performance blending elements of folk, jazz, country, and bluegrass with a light topping of deep south blues.

The stories are both witty and captivating as Digger melds the characters and places into a welcome visual picture. How often do you hear a song that makes you care about it's characters without a video to jump start the image for you. Digger plays on the theatre of the mind with humble bystander attitude. The songs are constructed in such a way to pay homage to both the performance, and the music accompaniment in the same note.

If you want a glimpse into the mind of a grounded artist, and into the deep core of what makes American music shine today as much as it's roots, Digger is just that ticket. The shining gems of the CD are true representations of the careful planning Digger obviously puts into her craft. "Platform Shoes", "I Love You, Just Can't Stand You", and "You Still Ain't No Good" are staples that the rest of the work is judged. A pleasant listen, the glimpse into reality from a passer by in life, rather than a willing participant. The performance is good, but the songwriting is superb.

4.5 Stars