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Lost Cause II

by Lost Cause

More War Between the States Confederate music like you could have heard around a soldiers' camp fire or at a dance in the 1860s featuring Jimbo Mathus, Beverly Harris, Chapman Welch and more!
Genre: Folk: Appalachian Folk
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1. Listen to the Mockingbird
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2. Hard Times
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3. Goober Peas
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4. Believe Me
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5. Bonnie Blue Flag
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6. The Rose of Alabama
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7. Home Sweet Home
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8. Cumberland Gap
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9. Lorena
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10. Vacant Chair
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11. Aura Lea
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12. Jack of Diamonds
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13. Amazing Grace
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14. Jolly Grog
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15. Mattie Grove
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This is the second CD that Keith and I have released. Keith Letson is my friend and partner for over 20 years in what is now Lost Cause LLC. Keith plays a mean bass and can also be heard on our first CD. He sang lead vocal on our a cappella version of Jolly Grog on this CD and also sang some background vocals.

Keith, Ernie and I took a little different approach to this project. Keith and I were more involved in the arrangement and production of the project than we were on our debut CD. Keith and I told Ernie that we wanted to do a “stripped” project that reflected the music that one would have heard around a small Confederate camp fire. We decided to keep the instruments included on the tracks to a minimum so we could really showcase the talent that we talked into being involved in the project. We told Ernie that we wanted something that sounded kinda like Rick Rubin’s American Recordings of Johnny Cash.

There are some awesome musicians that contributed to making this CD possible. Not only do we have the members of Lost Cause that appeared on the first CD like Robin Harmon, David Stevens, Mac McIntire, Kenneth Williams and Ernie Welch, but we also have some players and singers that include Jimbo Mathus, Chapman Welch and Beverly and London Harris. You’ll hear some stuff, the likes of which you’ve never heard before! As you know, Keith and I only do songs that one would hear around a Confederate camp fire during the War Between the States. Our interpretations reflect all of the influences that evolved into music like Blues, Gospel, Country, Bluegrass, Rock and Roll to name a few. A couple of our songs even sound a little like Reggae.

Jimbo contributed his eclectic take on Mississippi hill country music to the project. Jimbo has been a professional musician since he could walk and has several Grammys and Gold/Platinum albums stored securely in plastic tubs in his storage building. He's been the front man with the Squirrel Nut Zippers and has recorded and played with some of the best before finally reaching the big time and playing with Lost Cause. Seriously, Jimbo was gracious enough to put down tracks on about half the songs on this project. Jimbo played gut string, fretless banjo, harmonica, mandolin and a banjar (African predecessors to the banjo). He also sang some background and lead vocals. Check out Jimbo's music and try to catch him live if you can. Thanks again, Cuz!

Chapman Welch played some fantastic guitar that I hope people will think is me when they hear it. Chapman is a multi-talented musician and I still can't believe that we were able to get him to make some truly awesome contributions to this CD.

Beverly Mcgee Harris is a good friend and an excellent musician..as is her daughter, London. We met Beverly while playing for a musical On Shiloh Hill, in which she had a lead role. She sings like an angel and when you put her and London together on a song it is truly unbelievable. They put down some vocals that sound like Aretha Franklin.

We were able to talk Kenneth Williams into playing harmonica again. Kenneth and his brother Sandy Williams, have been selling Coke (the kind you drink) and running Refreshments, Inc. in Corinth, MS, USA for over 50 years. Their people go back over a hundred years in Corinth. Kenneth is a true renaissance man who has been one of the bedrocks of Corinth's economic and cultural landscape all his life. He's run over 70 marathons all over the world and is one of the best blues harp players I've ever heard.

Ernie Welch recorded and produced the project at his Seven Mile Creek studio, sang background and some lead and played banjo. He has been playing banjo with Lost Cause for years (he even bought the clothes!). Ernie also plays with the Smokehouse Band and several others. He also recorded, produced, played and sang on Lost Cause' first CD.

We were able to capture Robin Harmon again this time with his mandolin on most all of the tracks. Robin's played with us for years, as well as with the Smoke House Band and numerous others. His mandolin work on this project will bring tears to your eyes.

Victor McIntire is one of the best fiddle players that ever rosined the bow! He's played with most every bluegrass or country band in the north Mississppi area and can be heard regularly with the Smokehouse Band. He also contibuted the awesome fiddle on the band's first project. We were very fortunate to get Mac to do some incredible fiddle work again.

David Stevens is a Southern Brother and the sound of the washboard in Lost Cause for over 20 years. David also plays in many bands in many places. He put down the excellent rythmn sounds on this project, as well as on Lost Cause' first CD.

The CD was mastered by JJ Jobe, who did the band's first project. JJ has an awesome ear and we were lucky to get him on board for this project.

The images on the CD cover are by David Rickman. David is a very talented graphic artist now living in the Nashville area. He also did the front cover of our first CD. His images this time are really amazing and we were unbelievably fortunate to get his magic again.

This is a project that is totally unique to this market and is not your grandfather’s recording of this genre of music. We hope you love it!


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