The Groanbox Boys | Fences Come Down

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Fences Come Down

by The Groanbox Boys

American Roots Music
Genre: Folk: Folk Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Lightning on the Creek
2:08 $0.99
2. Long for Day
3:55 $0.99
3. Fences
3:03 $0.99
4. Proud Papa
4:01 $0.99
5. The Spiders and the Stones
4:04 $0.99
6. Les étoiles et les cigales
3:40 $0.99
7. Darling Lou
4:03 $0.99
8. Red Hook Revival
4:56 $0.99
9. Boxcar and a Bottle of Wine
2:57 $0.99
10. Little Sadie
4:10 $0.99
11. Drink the Magic Potion
2:47 $0.99
12. March Within the Wood
2:28 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Groanbox Boys are American musicians Cory Seznec and Michael Ward-Bergeman. Seznec and Ward-Bergeman play American/World Roots music on accordion, acoustic guitar, banjo, piano, harmonica, shackles, and their self-made Freedom Boot.

"Fences Come Down" was recorded, like their first release "Smokestack Trilogy", completely outside the studio, this time on location at Hollywood Farm in Annapolis, Maryland. The songs were generated in one week's time, and recorded the following week by their engineer and co-producer, Yann Seznec - first in a small cottage in the backwoods, and subsequently in a red barn that contains all the basic machinery and tools for the farm.

The songs are, as always, a direct reflection of the Groanbox journey, sonic manifestations of Cory and Michael's forays into their present and past experiences. Fences Come Down features tales of tormented love, adventures from the road, hobos, the creatures of the Farm, the noises of the Forest, the longing for roots versus the desire for discovery, and an Appalachian murder ballad thrown in for good measure. Instruments include an Allodi accordion, a 1920s Galiano grand concert guitar (lent to Cory by guitarchaeologist Neil Harpe), a Bob Thornburg gourd banjo, an Enoch Tradesman banjo made with wood from Hollywood Farm, and the Freedom Boot. In addition, keep your ears open for various farm sounds including an axe, sledgehammer and wedge hitting a log, a crab pot, crickets, cicadas, birds, and other strange bits of percussion/ambient noise.

Produced by Yann Seznec and The Groanbox Boys
Photography for the album by Harry Kalish and Sarah Van Keuren



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Kate Knight

You really gotta hear this!
This second album is fantastic! These guys seem to enjoy playing music above all and they deserve to be known. I heard them at a radio gig once, the musicians are really talented. Their self made 'Freedom Boot' is worth the detour, too! They have a myspace page where you can listen to some of the tunes, read reviews, and a very useful website with their bios, cool pictures, tour dates, music samples...everything you need to learn about the Groanbox Boys.
My favorite songs of this album are Long for Day, Darling Lou, Proud Papa, and Drink the Magic Potion. I also recommend the songs of their previous album, the name is Smokestack Trilogy. CdBaby ships worldwide at a cheap price so if you want to get a CD for you or for your friends, it's a great gift!
Check their website, listen to some of their music and you will be smitten! I understand they are on a UK tour until the end of November, so for those who are nearby, don't miss it !


excellent album, energetic and a great sound!


Absolutely the best music I have heard in a long time, with great composition. Good for lifting the spirit, and great to relax with (background) Or equally great to jumping around and party to. Is the best purchase possible, ever, anywhere probably! Because of the packaging and service that goes with this truly great, 'fantastic' work with the arts! I am just off to see if they have one in stock for my friend Don, I know he'll love it for his birthday!!! Excellence!

Michele Herzog

Fences come down
several very lovely melodies - good ryhms, in one word: good!

Mireya Allehaux

hacerlo escuchar !
I don\'t speak very well english so i will say what i think in spain. Me a encatado escuchar este CD, las melodias son agradables a entender, no he comprendido lo que quieren decir las palabras pero no es importante porque la musica se basta a ella misma y no te aburres escuchandola. Excellente CD !