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Poisonous Road Snakes

by Doug Norquay

Truck driver on acid country blues
Genre: Blues: Country Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Cadillac Shoes
5:28 $0.99
2. 20 Nails
4:49 $0.99
3. T-Bird Vinyl
3:40 $0.99
4. Fred Mcdowell
4:17 $0.99
5. Dead Crow Road
7:48 $0.99
6. Perfume and Alcohol
6:49 $0.99
7. Seagull Standing On a Pile of Bones
6:30 $0.99
8. Best Demented Cowgirl Face
4:49 $0.99
9. Bones of John the Baptist
3:42 $0.99
10. The Lemming Song
5:20 $0.99
11. Knifeblade Boots
5:32 $0.99
12. Joey Gallo
4:08 $0.99
13. Mad Dog Moon
5:31 $0.99
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Album Notes
Solo slide guitar and vocals , unusual country blues



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Eric Harvey

Doug Norquay – Poisonous Road Snakes – Review
Doug Norquay – Poisonous Road Snakes – Review
It’s a surprise that bluesman Doug Norquay hails from Ontario. In this 1999 release, Poisonous Road Snakes, he executes undeniably hard-core delta blues, more typical of the Deep American South. Poisonous Road Snakes packs an unforgettable punch, replete with dark lyrics that directly parallel the sinister guitar playing behind Norquay’s “Prince-of-Darkness” growl.
Like an ethnographer, Norquay describes debauched cultural practices in the smallest, most remote backcountry American towns. He sings about the stuff that Hell is made of, broaching topics like murder. Very similar to Robert Johnson, Norquay’s music prompts the listener to ask: are Johnson’s and Norquay’s stories similar; has Norquay, like the delta blues god, sold his soul to the devil in exchange for musical prowess? As mysterious as Norquay’s music is, it seems impossible to answer that question. Embodying the folklore surrounding music like Johnson’s, Norquay epitomizes the delta blues, while adding his own unique sound to the mix.
If you’re into Robert Johnson, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, and Mississippi Fred McDowell, you’d like Norquay.
Track #1 – “Cadillac Shoes” begins with some powerful acoustic guitar playing. Within the first thirty seconds of the song, Norquay establishes a landscape of destruction, singing about “Cadillac shoes and a burnt down fort.” In the broken down setting, a man is ready to wreak havoc. Driving a pickup truck, the man carries a blowtorch and a crow bar.  In his pockets, he keeps a wallet full of razor blades and a hand full of shells. Is the man high? Is he going to commit a murder? Yes, he is! Featuring two slide guitar solos, the song combines excellent guitar playing with compelling lyrics.
Track #2 – “20 Nails” tells the story of an “amphetamine boy” unsuccessfully looking for piece of mind. “Lit up like twenty head lights,” he can’t “find a drink on Sunday.” The story takes place during the boy’s speed-driven sleepless nights. At one point, Norquay mentions that the boy hallucinates an image of Elvis’ ghost, suggesting the loss of a better time in the boy’s life, when he enjoyed the late King’s music. The King dead and gone, the boy deals with a figurative death, involving nostalgia for better times. With three slide guitar solos and haunting lyrics, the song is nothing less than very memorable.
Track #8 – At a rapid tempo, “The Bones of John The Baptist” sears into the listeners’ minds. With frenetic energy, it sounds like a chase. It is like music from the soundtrack to Oh Brother, Where Are Thou (2000), evoking images of criminals on the run in the American countryside. Like the criminals, John The Baptist was on the run from King Herod, who feared that John’s following would erupt into a rebellion. With biblically interesting lyrics, Norquay captivates this reviewer’s attention.
Featuring lyrics as compelling as the aggressive guitar playing, Norquay’s Poisonous Road Snakes is an excellent crafted masterpiece.
Reviewed By Eric Harvey, Bryan Farrish Marketing