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Vol. 2

by Hog-Eyed Man

Hog-eyed Man takes the listener on a soulful journey, rooted in soil & tradition, stretching back into the forgotten past while simultaneously reaching forward to oldtime music’s alternate future. Jason Cade- fiddle; Rob McMaken- mando, dulcimer.
Genre: Country: Old-Timey
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1. Sal's Got Mud Between Her Toes
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2. Calico / Lost Indian
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3. William Reilly
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4. Speed the Plow
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5. Old Beech Leaves
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6. Green River
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7. Georgia Horseshoe
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8. Happy Hollow
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9. The Winding Sheep
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10. Georgia Belles
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11. Coal Harbor Bend
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12. Byard's Billy in the Low Ground
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13. Jonah in the Windstorm
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14. Stuart's Longbow
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15. The Downfall of Our House
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16. Last of Harris
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17. Indian Nation
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18. Mystery (Bonus Track)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Athens, GA duo explores a treasure-trove of lost music and expressive sensibility from the pre-radio era, when ghosts of Scots-Irish tunes co-mingled with distinctly American sounds. As a youngster, fiddler Jason Cade began learning rare tunes and an older style of playing from master fiddler and tune-catcher Bruce Greene, his neighbor growing up in Celo, NC. In 2016, Jason won first place in the fiddle contest at Clifftop, WV. Georgia-native Rob McMaken has developed a tasteful and exciting accompaniment style on both lap dulcimer and cross-tuned mandolin, effortlessly shifting between note-for-note melody, harmonic counterpoint, and rhythmic drones harkening back to the Old World.

"Blasting apart the staid world of old-time fiddling and looking for something new in the roots of the music... Hog-Eyed Man 2 is their second volume of raw, stripped-back fiddle tunes, culled from deeply obscure sources and brought into the light. ... Aside from the great old tunes -- some of which sound otherworldly -- what’s wonderful about Hog-Eyed Man 2 is that it’s moving to the traditional minimalism that’s become so important in Irish traditions. When you strip the music away to the bone, you realize how much is at the core of the tradition."
-- Devon Leger, Five Artists Shaking Up Old-Time Music, The Bluegrass Situation (Dec. 2015)

"Fiddler Jason Cade and mandolin and dulcimer player Rob McMaken perform authentic old-time instrumental music from North Carolina, Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia with tremendous skill, an obvious passion and the utmost integrity. Tunes for listening, learning and teaching."
-- fRoots #393 (March 2016)

"Jason Cade and Rob McMaken treat us to a cracking selection of wonderful tunes, many sourced from rare field recordings or handed directly down from fiddlers from eastern Kentucky, western North Carolina and West Virginia. The disc showcases the remarkably wide (and oft unsuspected) emotional range of pre-stringband old-time music, from brilliant breakdowns (Georgia Horseshoe, The Winding Sheep, Lost Indian) to aromatic airs (Green River), stately slow marches (Happy Hollow) to a transposition of a mournful Scots ballad (William Reilly). Jason and Rob show considerable ingenuity and resourcefulness in the revival (and sometimes reconstruction) of these tunes and the intuitive improvisation around their melodies, taking their cues from the spirit of those innovative original fiddlers whom they revere, including John Salyer, Ernie Carpenter and Roy Bennett. The unusual nature of pieces such as Georgia Belles (from Manon Campbell) is creatively explored by Jason and Rob, with a really infectious keen sense of total involvement. And one of the tracks even brings together two treatments of the same tune (Old Beech Leaves) as a lilting waltz and a fun breakdown – and that sense of fun (enjoyment and natural abandon) remains a constant in the two musicians’ playing throughout this record, their commitment and attention to detail being reflected in the concise yet fully informative liner notes. Like its predecessor, Hog-Eyed Man 2 is highly addictive – trust me!"
-- David Kidman, The Living Tradition, Dec. 2015.

"The overall sound is much the same as with their previous release. They play versions of old time tunes on fiddle (Cade) and mandolin or dulcimer (McMacken), and again, the results display all the benefits of the deceptive simplicity of their approach, in the straightforward beauty of this music. The fiddle is almost always the lead instrument, playing over a harmonizing texture provided by the dulcimer, the combination enhancing the rhythmic drive of the tunes, without ever detracting from the central pulse that belongs to the fiddle. McMacken deftly complements the fiddle melodically and harmonically. ... As long as traditional music can be played with this degree of faithfulness to its origins, combined with a real sense of the modern musicians who are playing it, its future seems in very good hands."
- Ray Templeton, Musical Traditions, Oct. 2015

"Extremely well-played, . . . this album is just pure fiddle joy as these two come up with refreshing settings for each tune."
- Bob Buckingham, Fiddler Magazine, Winter 2015.

Hog-eyed Man resurrects a treasure-trove of wild music and expressive sensibility from the pre-radio era, when ghosts of Scots-Irish tunes co-mingled with distinctly American sounds. As a youngster, fiddler Jason Cade began learning rare tunes and an older style of playing from master fiddler and collector Bruce Greene, his neighbor growing up in Celo, NC. Georgia native Rob McMaken has developed a tasteful and exciting accompaniment style on both lap dulcimer and cross-tuned mandolin, effortlessly shifting between note-for-note melody, harmonic counterpoint, and rhythmic drones harkening back to the Old World. Jason and Rob first met in North Carolina in 2003 while recording on Jonathan Byrd’s The Sea and the Sky. A decade later, Jason moved his family to Athens, GA from Brooklyn, they reconnected, and Hog-eyed Man was born.

The band’s debut, Hog-eyed Man 1 (Yodel-Ay-Hee 090, 2014), was heralded as “simply wonderful, powerful and compelling” (Bluegrass Unlimited), “absolutely cracking, one of the best albums of the year” (Blues Matters), “glorious” (The Living Tradition), “terrific, [with] incredible depth of feeling” (American Roots UK), “a joy to listen to” (Musical Traditions), “a soulful celebration of a grand tradition” (Rambles), “[music that] will make you want to get up and dance” (Fiddler Magazine), and “as honest and direct a representation of music sourced from past generations of North Carolina, Kentucky and Virginia fiddlers as one could wish for” (fRoots).

To learn more about Hog-eyed Man, visit http://hogeyedman.reverbnation.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/hogeyedman.

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