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R.G. Evans | Sweet Old Life

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Sweet Old Life

by R.G. Evans

This debut Americana album combines bright melodies and dark lyrics, probing the places where fallen angels, prophetic crows, and lost lovers can be found.
Genre: Country: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sweet Old Life
3:26 $0.99
2. The Crows of Paterson
3:57 $0.99
3. The Other Woman's Other Man
4:08 $0.99
4. (Quit) Drinking Song
3:34 $0.99
5. Mountain Dixie
3:44 $0.99
6. The Last Drinking Friend
4:25 $0.99
7. All My Better Angels
2:15 $0.99
8. Madame Tabasco
3:01 $0.99
9. In the Country
4:23 $0.99
10. Hearts and Minds
3:21 $0.99
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Album Notes
I have this recurring dream where the late Warren Zevon walks into a studio where he finds John Hiatt, Tom Waits, and Townes Van Zandt already waiting. "What are we playing today, boys?" Zevon says, arching his famous eyebrow. "Songs by this new guy," Waits growls. Cat from New Jersey. R.G. Evans." "Well," Zevon says, "let's do it. Bruce, count us off." Then, from a corner of the studio, unseen till now, Bruce Springsteen starts shouting numbers and the music begins.

Hyperbole? For sure. Am I comparing myself to those great songwriters? Not in a million years--but you can see where my loyalties lie and where my inspiration comes from.

Listen for a little Zevonesque wickedness in the title cut, "Sweet Old Life" as well as the track that closes the album, "Hearts and Minds."

"The Crows of Paterson," written in tribute to New Jersey poet Maria Mazziotti Gillan, wants to be John Hiatt's "Crossing Muddy Water" when it grows up.

You might have to ask Waits to clear the air of bourbon fumes and smoke as you listen to "Madame Tabasco."

Townes is in the heartache of "Quit Drinking Song."

And Springsteen. Springsteen is in the piano of "The Other Woman's Other Man," the imagery of "All My Better Angels," the pathos of "The Last Drinking Friend."

Thanks for indulging me in the fun of these stretches of the imagination I had a lot of fun doing the hard work of writing and recording these songs, and I hope you have fun listening.



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