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A Thousand Small Things

by The Mayflies

Rock 'n roll basted with bluegrass and baked as dark as the band's native Iowa soil.
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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1. Mares
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2. All These Desperate Angels
4:05 album only
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3. Petaluma
3:53 album only
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4. Spooky
2:39 album only
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5. Flying
4:38 album only
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6. Maybe Maybelline
4:30 album only
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7. Caroline
8:37 album only
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8. In My Time of Dying
3:03 album only
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9. Mississippi Soul
3:09 album only
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10. Shit Creek
6:47 album only
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A Triumph from Pillar to Post!
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The Mayflies
"A Thousand Small Things"
Mud Dauber Records

Iowa City's rambunctious pan-Americana purveyors The Mayflies have undergone a slew of band name and personnel changes in their decade-or-so existence.

That said, their current moniker matches their original one (after two alternates), founding members Stacy Webster (lead vocals, guitars) and James Robinson (drums, vocals) have remained constant, co-founder Patrick Bloom continues to feed the group terrific original material from the wings, and rock-steady Dave Lumberg (bass, vocals) has done much to anchor The Mayflies' rhythm section and emotional core.

On "A Thousand Small Things," co-producer/engineer Luke Tweedy (Will Whitmore) captures the band with an early-Seventies vintage treatment that perfectly suits The 'Flies' loose-limbed amalgam of folk-tinged country-rock.

There's a strong whiff of The Dead (circa "Workingman's..." and "American Beauty") throughout -- particularly on Bloom's "All These Desperate Angels" and Lumberg's "Mississippi Soul" -- and outgoing Jon Eric's idiosyncratic banjo adds a trace of The Dillards' electro-'grass hybrid.

But it is Webster's singing -- evoking James McMurtry's dusky, slightly-flatted intimacy or a young Pete Seeger, as well as the romantic, precise-diction stylings of Michael Nesmith in his groundbreaking, high-concept First National Band recordings -- that shapes/defines The Mayflies' sound.

Webster's notched-up guitar playing also is a revelation, and yet, ultimately, it is a group triumph from pillar to post.

-- Jim Musser (iowa City Press Citizen)
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