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The Rumble Strip

by Preacher Boy

A genre-defying set of disruptive 21st-century Alt. Blues pairing old-school Americana ingredients (National slide guitar, banjo, harmonica, etc.), with wicked trash-can drums, spooky organ, raw vocals, dark lyrics, and a hard-edged sonic soundscape.
Genre: Blues: Blues-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Sliding Window (Hail Mary)
3:44 $0.99
2. Bullet
5:05 $0.99
3. The Rumble Strip
4:07 $0.99
4. Down with the Fellas
4:16 $0.99
5. Bandy-Legged and Broke
4:39 $0.99
6. Saint Peter
3:44 $0.99
7. The Belly of Down
3:03 $0.99
8. Crazy Dirty James
3:17 $0.99
9. Can't Sleep Here Tonight
3:21 $0.99
10. Showers of Rain
3:17 $0.99
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Album Notes
“The Rumble Strip”—Preacher Boy’s 11th album—is a genre-defying collection of disruptive 21st-century Alt. Blues that pairs old-school Americana ingredients such as National slide guitar, banjo, harmonica, upright bass, and Telecaster, with wicked trash can drums, spooky organ, and a rich tapestry of found sounds and sonic effects.

The album builds a musical bridge that connects early innovators such as Captain Beefheart and Ry Cooder with modern indie blues acts like Fantastic Negrito and The Record Company. The influence of 90s-era innovators such as Soul Coughing, Beck, Morphine, Nick Cave, and 16 Horsepower can be heard in the album’s moody production, hard-edged aesthetic, and eclectic textures.

Preacher Boy’s signature gritty vocals and densely narrative lyrics complete the tapestry, and the end result is a funky noir-scape that serves to both reinforce and redefine the raw and poetic power of the blues tradition.



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Tom McCarthy

This is one of Preacher Boy's best....
Preacher Boy's music has always gone to the underside of urban life but this is a deep immersion - one that shows both compassion but also wry wonder at humanity's predicaments. The characters in these songs are some of his most downtrodden but also vividly alive. A homeless man who knows when something's pretty, or just nice. The guys in the library laughing at nonexistent jokes in the large print books. The bandy-legged hobo whose stoop has "made strangers of my knees." Most amazing of all, there's a bullet-blinded addict in a scorching saga that's as riveting as a movie. The music pulses ahead relentlessly, sometimes haunted by eerie chants. Preacher Boy's voice is marvelously gravelly but clear enough so you catch the lyrics, which are among his best ever. These images are visual - you can see the people and scenes; the details and turns of phrase more like a short story. There are too many killer lines and rhymes to mention, including a couple that will make you laugh out loud. And deadly hooks, especially on the darkly roiling The Rumble Strip, which I can't get out of my head. I sure hope the last song on the album isn't sincere, in which he sings of being "weary of being a player of tunes," because no one else makes music like this.