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Forever True

by Dead Men's Hollow

Old-time, bluegrass, southern gospel, and country blues . fronted by three-part female harmonies
Genre: Country: Progressive Bluegrass
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1. My Latest Sun is Sinking Fast
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2. Forever True
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3. Color Me
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4. Barroom Angel
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5. Blue and Lonesome
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6. Groundhog
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7. Join Me in Drinkin'
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8. Gone
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9. The Blackest Crow
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10. Southbound Train
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11. Kid on My Knee
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12. Red-Haired Boy
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13. Down in the Valley to Pray
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14. Goodbye to You
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15. Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms
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Album Notes
2005 Washington Area Music Association \"Wammie\" winner:
- Best Bluegrass Duo/Group
- Best Bluegrass Recording
- Best Debut Recording (across all genres)

\"Forever True\", the first full-length CD by Dead Men\'s Hollow, mixes secular and sacred American traditionals with a generous twist of witty originals. The music is flavored in equal measure by old-time, bluegrass, southern gospel, and country blues - led by three-part female harmonies coupled to fiddle, flat-top guitar, and upright bass. The resulting sound complements the national interest in traditional acoustic American music most demonstrably proven by phenomenal sales of the \"O Brother ...\" soundtrack.

Hailing from greater metropolitan Washington, D.C., Dead Men\'s Hollow is Mike Clayberg (guitar, vocals), Marcy Cochran (fiddle, vocals), Caryn Fox (vocals), Belinda Hardesty (vocals), Amy Nazarov (vocals), and Bob Peirce (upright bass, vocals). Their musical backgrounds range from punk rock to off-Broadway to choral singing to contra dance accompaniment. The members of Dead Men\'s Hollow find common ground in the grand canon of acoustic American song.

About our name:
In the aftermath of the Civil War, saloons, pawn shops and houses of ill repute dominated the area of Arlington, Virginia that is now known as Rosslyn. It came to be known as \"Dead Men\'s Hollow\". In order to pass through safely, law-abiding citizens had to travel in well-armed groups.

The band was founded in Arlington. Need we say more?



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Dave Terpeny, Editor, KyndMusic

"This group ... has singlehandedly restored my dream of old Virginia."
Tonight I have put on Dead Men’s Hollow "Forever True" album. With the beautiful simplicity and harmony of the Carter Family, the passion of Ralph Stanley, the eccentric quirks of Dock Boggs and instrumentalism of John Jackson, this group of 6 un-grizzled, un-calloused musicians (one of them is even from…gasp…New York) has single-handedly restored my dream of old Virginia.

So come with me and let’s join Dead Men’s Hollow on the porch, jug in hand, to stomp our feet, cuss and beg forgiveness from the Lord, until we do it all again tomorrow night.


The Dead Men's Hollow harmony-laden signature sound is building them a legion of
Dead Men's Hollow, a band that hails from N. Virginia, Maryland and D.C., opens their debut album with six-part a capella harmonies on "Angel Band." They call their music Acoustic Americana, roughly defined as old-time, bluegrass, southern gospel and country blues fronted by three-part female harmony vocals and backed by acoustic stringed instruments. To their mostly traditional mix with tunes like "Groundhog," they add some nice originals emphasizing traditional country themes like "Join Me in Drinking" and "Blue and Lonesome".

The band was founded in Arlington, Va., and they take their name from an area near there that was dominated by saloons, pawn shops and houses of ill repute in the aftermath of the Civil War. Today, that area is known as Rosslyn, but back then it was called "Dead Men's Hollow." To pass safely through safely, law-abiding citizens traveled in well-armed groups.

On a hot, humid summer day in 2001, Dead Men's Hollow began as an impromptu backyard jam session. Upon hearing some real potential with their three-part harmonies, the friends decided to form a band. Original members Belinda Hardesty, Caryn Fox and Mike Clayberg enlisted bass-player Bob Peirce in the fall of 2003. Amy Nazarov (vocals) and Marcy Cochran (fiddle) joined in late-2003 and the band then began seriously gigging. Amy Nazarov (vocals) grew up singing madrigals at home with her folks, on stage and in church choirs, and supplying backup vocals for friends. Bob Peirce (bass, mandolin, bass vocals) has played for 25 years, including stints in classic rock and blues bands. Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Belinda Hardesty holds a music degree and teaches school. Marcy Cochran (fiddle) is a longtime fan of folk music. From New York, Caryn Fox is a classically-trained soprano who writes and sings country heartbreakers. Mike Clayberg (guitar, dobro, mandolin, tenor banjo) played punk rock for 20 years before returning his Virginia old-time country roots.

Dead Men's Hollow has spirited acoustic instrumentation and a harmony-laden signature sound that is building them a legion of fans. Their instrumentation is free of frills and flashiness, so they emphasize their charm, effort and playfulness. The band's vocal harmonies are of special note -- warm, friendly, and a perfect showcase for their earthier side. No doubt influenced by the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" phenomenon, their six-part a capella rendition of "Down in the Valley" is a passionate demonstration of the beauty of acoustic folk tradition. With a joyful attitude, they close this project with the lively "Rolling in my Sweet Baby's Arms."