Harley String Band | Earthly Pursuits

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Earthly Pursuits

by Harley String Band

Not your ordinary string band, Jim, Jim, and Steve remember when folk music was considered important and relevant, and they work to that standard. The songs are earnest and inventive and address topics far from the commercial mainstream.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Deepwater Requiem
4:14 $0.99
2. Rain Follows the Plow
2:59 $0.99
3. Crimson On the Snow
3:45 $0.99
4. Can't Count On the Sun
3:22 $0.99
5. Satin Shoes
3:22 $0.99
6. Tornadoes
4:15 $0.99
7. Look Through Any Window
2:44 $0.99
8. Standing Stones
2:55 $0.99
9. The Eve of the Paddington Fair
3:37 $0.99
10. Half Moon Bay
4:03 $0.99
11. Maximon
3:30 $0.99
12. At the Dawn
2:55 $0.99
13. Carry Me Back to North Virginny
3:20 $0.99
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Album Notes
Legendary Folk DJ mary Cliff says "In the Harley String Band’s latest release, “Earthly Pursuits,” I couldn’t hear any motorcycles. What I did hear were stories that drew me in -- some real, some imagined. And I heard tight harmonies, some mighty fine picking, and hooks galore. The three singers and songwriters handle the Deepwater oil spill, a murder ballad, Dust Bowl tales, British and Caribbean history reflecting an obvious familiarity with various folk forms. There’s a touch of The Hollies, the cover song’s harmonies flashing back to the British invasion. This is a collection that might inspire you to search out more information on some of the places and people in the songs, it’s one you’re likely to keep close to the player so you can hear it again. And you might find one or the other of the songs playing on repeat in your head.

Consider just a few of the highlights:

“Deepwater Requiem” presents the Gulf of Mexico drilling disaster as an epic poem, focusing on the workers who paid the ultimate price. A Great American Song Contest finalist, it begins as a sea shanty and then gathers an intensity befitting a movie soundtrack. File this ambitious cut next to “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.”

“Rain Follows the Plow” expresses the hubris and hucksterism that propelled the actions that led to the Dust Bowl.

“Satin Shoes” is what happens when your wife accuses you of cheating on her in a prior lifetime. (True story)

“The Eve of the Paddington Fair” is based on the last rites read to convicts before their hanging spectacle in 17th century England.

“Maximón” was inspired by the band’s encounter with a contemporary Mayan deity in Guatemala.



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