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Valley of the Shadows

by The Stragglyrs

Original Northern California rock. A rootsy sound drawing from blues, jazz, beach music, country rock, folk and psychedelia. Strong on melody and lyrical content, the Stragglyrs pride themselves on a listenable, danceable, gentle sound that rocks
Genre: Folk: Political Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Red Arrows Down
2:58 $0.99
2. Valley of the Shadows
3:39 $0.99
3. Not the Real World
3:50 $0.99
4. Bit of a Chill
2:44 $0.99
5. Levitating Gravity
2:08 $0.99
6. Money Men
2:42 $0.99
7. Change of Pace
2:22 $0.99
8. Time Travel
3:03 $0.99
9. America the Beautiful Pharmaceutical
3:38 $0.99
10. In My Heart
3:02 $0.99
11. RIF'd Again
2:01 $0.99
12. Perfect Life
3:25 $0.99
13. Out of the Loop
2:04 $0.99
14. Vapor on Blue
2:37 $0.99
15. The Final Goodbye
2:45 $0.99
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Album Notes
The original Northern California rock of the Stragglyrs is a unique blend of different styles and musical instruments. The band consists of 3 members who swap lead vocal responsibilities to give the audience a wider variety. They are:

Jim Braly - Guitar, vocals
Bill Mishler - Drums, vocals
Chris Purdum - Bass, vocals, toy accordian, kitchen sink

The Stragglyrs started in 1999 as a pick-up band playing just for fun. That's still their main mantra, but they take their fun seriously.

On Valley of the Shadows, Braly, Mishler, and Purdum put together a collection of their thoughts and commentaries on war, economics, life and love, and a few things in between.



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Wade L. Thomas

Unique lyrical and musical work heavily influenced by Jim Braly
Teamwork is the Stragglyr's credo, but this particular effort
is dominated by guitarist-singer-songwriter Jim Braly.
"Money Men" and "America the Beautiful Pharmaceutical" are
attention grabbing. "Money Men" resides at the outer limits of the band's flair for balladeering around issues deserving
social and economic criticism. The band reissues the cleverly
written "America the Beautiful Pharmaceutical," adding
impressive lead guitar passages from guest Pete Herschberger.

A new version of the Braly-Mishler composition "Change of
Pace" expresses the band's defining sound and its placement
undergirds the strong center tracks of the CD, transitioning
from "Money Men" to the engaging instrumental "Time Travel."
Bill Mishler makes two other commentaries with the solo
compositions "Not the Real World" and "Out of the Loop," which really capture the subdued alienation of the times.

Chris Purdum straggles into the project as the newcomer and
hits his own stride on bass, vocals and musical material. The
result is purposeful and promising for future releases.