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Range Fire

by Smoke Creek

Where Folk, old-time and country intersect
Genre: Folk: String Band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Range Fire
3:31 $0.99
2. Foggy Old London
3:05 $0.99
3. Camden
3:27 $0.99
4. The Speed of the Sound of Loneliness
3:02 $0.99
5. Colors
3:00 $0.99
6. Grandpa Held the Snakes
3:00 $0.99
7. The Bride
3:38 $0.99
8. Montana Wedding
2:41 $0.99
9. Whiskey Road
3:30 $0.99
10. Bury Me Beneath the Willow
2:47 $0.99
11. Johnson Smith
3:51 $0.99
12. Come With Me
3:09 $0.99
13. I Heard the Bluebird Sing
2:51 $0.99
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Album Notes
Peggy Sullivan sings lead on "The Bride", "Bury Me Beneath the Willow", and "The Speed of the Sound of Loneliness". She's got a country-Celtic sound that you recognize the minute you hear it. It's somewhat evocative of Gillian Welch. She plays guitar, and also performs in a band called Burgundy Pearl with her husband, and played with the Smelter Rats when that band was active.

Jim Murray sings lead on "Colors", "Camden" and "Montana Wedding" (the latter two songs he wrote), and plays guitar. He trades off lead with his brother, Mike, on "Foggy Old London", "Whiskey Road", and "Come With Me".

Heritage Review said Mike Murray sounds a bit like "Burl Ives with a bit more twang and gusto". That's probably no accident since Mike's been listing to Burl since he was a tot. Listeners have also compared his sound to Johnny Cash and Gordon Lightfoot. Mike plays banjo on the album, and sings lead on songs he wrote: "Range Fire", "Grandpa Held the Snakes", "Whiskey Road", "Johnson Smith" and "Come With Me", and on covers "Foggy Old London" and "I Heard the Bluebirds Sing". He also co-wrote "The Bride" but doesn't play on that cut. Mike's also a Smelter Rat vet.

Peg, Jim and Mike also sing harmony vocals on most of the cuts.

Ted Briggs-Comstock plays many instruments with many bands but sticks with the Dobro on this album. He fills in on bass vocals when he thinks it's appropriate.

Elizabeth Gale is the only member of the band with classical training, and plays fiddle. She can sing but she won't.

These songs were recorded in Port Townsend by Mike Biskup at his studio. George Rezendez at Toolshed Soundlab (also in Port Townsend) worked with us on editing and premastering. FInal Mastering was done by Frankford Wayne, with art work and production by Oasis.



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Donald Downing

Smoke Creek Range Fire CD
Title: Range Fire
Band: Smoke Creek
Released April 2015 BMI

Performers: Mike Murray (banjo, vocals), Ted Briggs-Comstock (dobro. vocals), Peggy Sullivan (guitar, vocals), Jim Murray, (guitar ,vocals), Elizabeth Gale (fiddle).

From the moment Mike Murray’s gravelly voice and Smoke Creek’s close harmonies slap your ears in the face like a wet burlap sack in the title song “Range Fire” you know you’re listening to a remarkable group of musicians hell bent on keeping your attention through the next twelve tunes.

Some of my other favorites include: “Grandpa Held the Snakes” (a child growing up in a family of snake handling religious zealots), “Whiskey Road” (farm kids apprenticing as juvenile delinquents), “The Bride” (an absent father returns for his daughter’s wedding), “Johnson Smith” (the pulp catalogs of gimmick toys from the 1950’s) and the old Carter family tune “Bury me Beneath the Willow.”

Although I wish I’d heard a little more of Elizabeth Gale’s sweet fiddle I still have to give this album a full Five Stars!

Don Downing