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It's a Dog's Life

by Si Kahn & The Looping Brothers

American singer-songwriter Si Kahn and German bluegrass band the Looping Brothers collaborate on a second album of Kahn's compositions including three songs with Si on lead vocals.
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1. Government on Horseback
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2. Gulf of Mexico
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3. It's a Dog's Life
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4. Old Country Store
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5. Rats in a Maze
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6. Hitchhiking on Life's Highway
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7. Free
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8. 44 Years
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9. Going, Going, Gone
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10. Baltimore Blues
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11. Hudson River New York Upstate Waltz
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12. One Dollar
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13. Hard Times
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
It’s A Dog’s Life by Si Kahn and German bluegrass band The Looping Brothers includes ten previously unrecorded Kahn compositions and features his vocals on three of the thirteen tracks. Those include “Government on Horseback,” the first single.

The release of It’s A Dog’s Life is just one component of an ambitious #SiKahn75 birthday celebration. Events will continue through the rest of 2019. In addition to this album and public radio and TV performances, highlights will include the late August release by Strictly Country Records of a 5-CD box set, Si Kahn At 75: The Europe Sessions, featuring albums he recorded in Switzerland, Germany, and Holland.We’ll also see more performances of “Mother Jones in Heaven,” further albums by other artists drawn from Kahn’s hundreds of unrecorded compositions, social media events, and more.

Si Kahn is a songwriter, singer, author, organizer, and playwright residing in Charlotte, NC. His songs have been recorded by hundreds of artists. The soundtrack album by Vivian Nesbitt and John Dillon of Kahn’s most recent musical play, “Mother Jones in Heaven,” debuted at #12 on the folk music chart.

In their 23rd year as one of Europe’s top bluegrass bands, the Looping Brothers are Ulli Sieker, Matthias Malcher, and Ralf Strottman. “I’ve made two CDs with The Looping Brothers because of their sheer instrumental brilliance, their understanding of and passion for bluegrass, and how good they are to work, travel and perform with,” Si explains. “On Aragon Mill: The Bluegrass Sessions, I sang the lead on all 15 songs. My idea for our second CD was that Ulli, who’s a wonderful bluegrass vocalist, would sing lead on all the songs, which he does on the 10 songs that have never before been recorded. But they insisted that I had to have a vocal presence on the album, so I reprised three of my songs from the past.”

Midwest Record Review, May 4, 2019: "The vet folkie/activist is still expressing the popular rage, this time around kicking it out with a German band that sounds just as down home as you’d want. While he might be farming out the vocal work to the Brothers for much of the set, it’s Kahn’s show all the way and Pete Seeger and the rest have got to be smiling. Never pedantic and brow beating, the music is the message and it’s good to see activism is still alive and well in the right hands. Solid stuff."

From the liner notes by Louisa Branscomb: “One of the few that for years has walked the razor edge of telling the truth but telling it in finely honed poetry and melody, so it is art, and as art it leads us to expand and know more deeply.”

"The most gifted songwriter to come out of the folkie tradition since John Prine" - Christgau

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Joe Ross, Roots Music Report

Witty, sarcastic and insightful
For 40 years, Si Kahn has been writing, performing and recording folk and bluegrass music. I first became familiar with the prolific artist and activist in the late 1980s and his releases on the Flying Fish label. All 13 songs on this album are originals, with ten previously unrecorded. Kahn’s writing is clear, coherent and expressive. Songs like “Government on Horseback,” “It’s a Dog’s Life,” and “Rats in a Maze” are witty, sarcastic and insightful. His music encourages people to assemble, collaborate and make a difference. Recorded in Germany, the project pairs Si Kahn with the Looping Brothers (a takeoff on the Louvin Brothers), a European band with a 23 year history that includes Ulli Sieker (mandolin, fiddle), Matthias Malcher (guitar, banjo) and Ralf Strottman (bass). Guest Nicke Widen plays Dobro on two songs. Of the 13 tracks, Ulli Sieker sings lead on ten, and “One Dollar Bill” may be his best, most evocative presentation. Si Kahn sings lead on three songs that he reprises from the past (“Government on Horseback,” Going Going Gone” and “Hard Times”). The band’s approach to bluegrass has strong, exuberant folk leanings with the messages taking precedent over blazing instrumentals and intense vocalizing. Standout tracks for airplay are some of the more up-tempo offerings rather than slow ballads. (Joe Ross, Roots Music Report)
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