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Box Cars

by Kevin Danzig

Heartland Soulful rock focusing on the Tri State area of MO/KS/OK.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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1. Box Cars
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2. Feet Of Clay
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3. Oklahoma Twilight
Kevin Danzig
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4. We Won't Live Like This
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5. The Promised Land
Kevin Danzig
3:34 $0.99
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6. Who's Livin' It Up Now
Kevin Danzig
3:36 $0.99
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7. Paducah
Kevin Danzig
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8. The Oklahoma Miner
Kevin Danzig
2:33 $0.99
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9. You Can See Forever
Kevin Danzig
4:14 $0.99
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10. Toby
Kevin Danzig
4:11 $0.99
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11. Until The Sirens Call
Kevin Danzig
3:37 $0.99
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12. Spooklight
Kevin Danzig
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13. Route 66 (I Didn't Know This Road Went Through Kansas)
Kevin Danzig (with Siel Snowden)
3:26 $0.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
BOX CARS
A CD by performing songwriter Kevin Danzig
Produced and recorded at by MIKE WEST at the 9th Ward Pickin' Parlor, Lawrence, KS

"Unquestionably his best effort to date, Danzig has really outdone himself with BOX CARS" --Sept. 2008 Dan Willging, Dirty Linen
He goes on to say...
"If you're going to do an album based on historic events, it only makes sense to record it in the vicinity of the tales that your'e about to recount. Such was the case with Danzig's sixth album, his best yet, which chronicles various historical chapters in the tri-state area of Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. After scouring the region's museums and conducting countless interviews, Danzig trekked to Mike West's relocated Ninth Ward Pickin' Parlor in Lawrence, Kansas, where West assembled a small squadron(including himself)to back Danzig. With the arrangements varying anywhere from folk and bluegrass to quasi radio-ready folk rock, Danzig delves into well-researched tales of Native Americans ("We Won't Live Like This"), polluted towns ("You Can See Forever"), and the best friend a languishing miner could ever have, a mule ("Toby"). Interestingly, the story behind Danzig's gospel-ish "The Promised Land" took place just blocks away from West's studio when a retinue of slaves led by the "Black Moses", Benjamin Singleton, settled Lawrence as free men. No doubt Danzig has uncovered some fascinating tales from an oft-overlooked region of America. Overall, the quality of music speaks for itself."

"I feel sure I have reviewed an album of his before and I think it was for an appearance at Acoustic Sounds Café. This album is a delightful piece of work. Danzig is a good guitarist, who can also play harmonica, and is an excellent singer / songwriter. On a couple of these songs he reminds me a lot of old Mudcat, but for the most part
he is your basic folk / pop stylist. He writes very personal songs that have a universal appeal. I especially enjoyed the opener, which is also the title track, and that sweet closing cut, with Kevin joined on vocals by a girl named Siel Snowden, nothing less than a charmer.

---Nightflying/Spring 2008

MUSICIANS

Kevin Danzig Lead and harmony vocals/acoustic guitars/harmonica/tambourine
Mike West Harmony vocals, five string banjo, electric guitar, mandolin, banjola
Ken Keller electric bass and bass fiddle
Brad Hoopes Keyboards
Colin Mahoney Drums
Chris Leopold Horn section on "Who's Livin' It Up Now"
Siel Snowden Vocals on "Route 66”, (I didn't know this road went through Kansas)
Songs
1. BOX CARS (medium tempo/Americana-folk rock). This song is about a man searching for answers to questions about love and relationships and about how he tries to get far away from his troubles that follow him like a ghost.
2. FEET OF CLAY (bluesy, medium tempo, Americana/soul). This song deals with racial tensions and prejudice. It addresses how people often are afraid to take a stand for fear of being cast out of their community.
3. OKLAHOMA TWILIGHT (ballad, lilting folk rock). Written by Kevin Danzig’s uncle Wayne Parker, this song is about a Cherokee woman in the 1800s who fell in love with a Civil War Army captain.
4. WE WON'T LIVE LIKE THIS (soulful, medium tempo/folk rock). This song relates the story of the early Cherokee people who were cast out and driven to the Oklahoma Territory in the 1800s, then forced by Christian missionaries to change their traditions or die.
5. THE PROMISED LAND (waltz, gospel). This song is about slaves known as the EXODUSTERS who were led by Benjamin Singleton (the black Moses) to Kansas after the Civil War ended in the late 1800s.
6. WHO'S LIVIN' IT UP NOW? (bawdy, soulful, and rock). The "ladies of the evening" were known as the "drover's delight” in the town of Baxter Springs, KS during the late 1900s boomtown era in Kansas. Nelle Star was a famed madam, and this is her song.
7. PADUCAH (acoustic ballad). Written by Don Oja Dunaway, this song is about a "free soldier's" migration with his little dog Paducah to the city of Lawrence, KS to escape the painful memory of a lost love.
8. THE OKLAHOMA MINER (bluegrass). Adapted from a 1921 poem written by a miner named Arman C. Lassiter, this song is a lively, educational introduction to the mining era in the Tri-State Region of Kansas/Oklahoma and Missouri that boomed in the early 1900s.
9. YOU CAN SEE FOREVER (soulful, medium tempo folk rock). In this song, two young boys make the best of their growing up years in an environmentally polluted town. The song discusses “mountains of chat” and “chat piles” – residue from mining, and toxic streams the boys swim in, with water that is "orange on the bottom and foamy on the top, like a beer". The song also mentions one of the area’s stellar landmarks, the majestic Coleman Theatre in Miami, OK.
10. TOBY (soulful acoustic ballad). Mules spent their entire lives hauling coal in the mines in the Tri-State area of Kansas/Oklahoma and Missouri. Mining came to a halt around the 1940s, and this song is about Toby, the last mule in the mines.
11. UNTIL THE SIRENS CALL (acoustic blues). Baxter Springs, KS had a reputation as a hideout for criminals during the early 1900s because of its “safe” location in Kansas just one mile from the Oklahoma border. This song is about Bonnie and Clyde Barrow and their gang when they holed up in Baxter Springs.
12. SPOOKLIGHT! (catchy, soulful rock) "Crazy Legs", Dean Walker and Kevin Danzig went looking for this mysterious phenomenon, but it did not show itself. Nevertheless, countless people over the years swear they’ve seen this strange light in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri/Northwest Arkansas. Dean Walker was the inspiration for the character Mater in Disney’s animated classic movie, “Cars” and lives in Riverton, KS.
13. ROUTE 66 (I didn't know this road went through Kansas) (country/bluegrass/Americana). This song is a hilarious, nostalgic dialogue between a father and his little girl as they cruise across America on historic Route 66. Most maps don't include the "13.2 miles of bliss” -- the stretch of this Mother Road of America that meanders through Kansas.

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