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Fair Mitten (New Songs of the Historic Great Lakes Basin)

by Gifts or Creatures

This collection of songs explores the last four centuries in the Great Lakes region.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Pontiac's Rebellion
4:50 $0.99
2. Two Hearts (Two Peninsulas)
4:16 $0.99
3. Fort Dearborn Massacre
3:13 $0.99
4. Trout of the Pines
4:19 $0.99
5. Canadian Shield
4:29 $0.99
6. Manitou Passage
2:44 $0.99
7. Grand Rapids Brakeman
2:58 $0.99
8. Green Gold
4:52 $0.99
9. Trapping or Trading
3:48 $0.99
10. Conquest of the Old Northwest (Fair Mitten)
4:27 $0.99
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Album Notes
Indie folk act Gifts or Creatures will release their third full-length album with Earthwork Music on September 22nd. The new record, Fair Mitten (New Songs of the Historic Great Lakes Basin), explores the last four centuries in the Great Lakes region. It covers topics such as the demise of the Arctic grayling, trapping and trading, downtown Chicago, and Pontiac's Rebellion. The album digs deep into the history of the area; it celebrates it, and at times laments the historical stress within the region. Brandon and Bethany Foote tracked the new songs intermittently over an eighteen-month period alongside Seth Bernard, Dan Rickabus (The Crane Wives) and Max Lockwood (May Erlewine, Big Dudee Roo). Ian Gorman at La Luna Recording in Kalamazoo, Michigan engineered the record. The duo’s signature sound of vocal harmonies paired with electric guitar and Wurlitzer electric piano are the centerpiece of the album.

“Ever since I was a child, I have been enamored by the boundless blue water and thick north woods of Michigan," says Brandon. "The striking and stunning combination of wooded land and freshwater seascapes has a rich history that is often overshadowed by the coastal cities and towns of North America. I have traveled around the country and always miss the north woods when away. The Great Lakes region has always felt like a secret undiscovered jewel to me." Brandon spent the last three years digging into the history of the area, dreaming and conceiving the modern soundtrack to the past. He also spent some time at the Archives of Michigan in Lansing, sifting through their vast collection for inspiration. "We are excited about the potential of this project to reach and inspire a new demographic of lovers and protectors of the Great Lakes," says Bethany.


Produced by Brandon John Foote & Seth Bernard
Recorded at La Luna Recording in Kalamazoo, Michigan
Engineered by Ian Gorman
Mixed by Ian Gorman & Brandon John Foote
Mastered by Saff Mastering in Chicago, Illinois
Voice sample and Great Lakes map: Courtesy Archives of Michigan

Brandon John Foote - vocals, electric guitars
Bethany Foote - vocals, Wurlitzer electric piano, string synth
Max Lockwood – bass guitar
Dan Rickabus – drums, percussion
Seth Bernard - acoustic, electric & baritone guitars



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