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by Hillfolk Noir

A sock-it-to-ya collection of songs recorded by the analogue wizard Mike Coykendall at his Blue Room Studio in Portland, Oregon.
Genre: Blues: Country Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dead Maud
2:37 $0.99
2. Northbound, No. 2
3:00 $0.99
3. Alone, Sitting on a Bench
2:21 $0.99
4. Pay Day
1:25 $0.99
5. Billy Got Popped
1:54 $0.99
6. Crow Jane
3:18 $0.99
7. Might as Well Live Like a Hobo
2:47 $0.99
8. Forgive Me Please
3:23 $0.99
9. Brushy Fork of John's Creek
2:11 $0.99
10. River on Fire
1:53 $0.99
11. Run Mountain (Rockabilly Mix)
2:23 $0.99
12. Hallelujah, I'm a Bum
2:53 $0.99
13. Johnny's Last Run
4:00 $0.99
14. Shanty Blues
2:41 $0.99
15. 16th of January
1:45 $0.99
16. Pirate Song
2:29 $0.99
17. Leave a Light On
2:45 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
The songs of Junkerpunch are a combination of notebook sessions (songs that lived and breathed by first hitting tape), meets old favorites (tunes that we’ve played live for years). Hillfolk Noir journeyed to Blue Room Studio and stayed in the neighborhood over two weekends - recording and mixing all of the songs live to ½’’ tape. Hillfolk Noir’s chief songwriter, Travis Ward, brought about 25 songs to the table, and 17 ended up making the cut.

Shortly after the second session, with masters in process, 2016 dealt Travis a lightning fast surprise - and a broken hand! Bummer… It took two surgeries and over 9 months to repair the Boxer’s Break, though in Travis’ case the blow was dealt during a basketball game. If there was an up side, it was to give Hillfolk Noir the idea of naming the album “Junkerpunch.” Touring as a band in 2016 with a broken and healing 4th metacarpel, commonly called the Boxer’s Break, was both successful and humbling. A Junkerpunch. A cheap shot!

The spectrum of songs on Junkerpunch range from serious to playful and from story to ambience. Mike created a very relaxing recording environment - an old house with a bunch of vintage gear, navigated by a master of the trade. The songs didn’t hit a computer until mastering, which was done by Timothy Stollenwerk (Fred McDowell, Alan Lomax, Cedric Burnside) at Stereophonic Mastering in Portland, OR.



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