The Border Band | Fresh Blood / Old Skin

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Fresh Blood / Old Skin

by The Border Band

Up from the roots into the wind, our music spans the borders of theme, time, and place to rock-on through rage and ruin.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. You 'n I
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2. Better Hurry
4:15 $0.49
3. Desperado Hair
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4. Old Dead Tree
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5. Torn Away
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6. Welcome to My Cage
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7. Close to My Heart
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8. Goodbye My Friend
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9. Heavy Thoughts
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10. Say a Prayer
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11. Goin' Downtown
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12. When I Wake Up
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13. Wanderin'
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14. Victrola Blues
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15. Nothin' Ain't Tryin'
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16. Johnny Moore
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17. Louisiana Nights
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18. James Street Bridge
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19. Talkin' Old Times
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20. Jewell County Jail
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21. Dream Drifter
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22. Redheaded Woman #2
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23. Night Gives to the Day
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24. Bluebird
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25. Farmin' Blues
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26. Ashes 'n Dust
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27. Solomon Smoke
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Album Notes
“ The album “Fresh Blood / Old Skin” confirms the exceptional class of Melvin Litton & The Border Band. Again, it is incontestable a roots rock / alt-country / Americana album and undoubtedly, an unique gem... “
Eric Schuurmans

Fresh Blood/Old Skin was greatly inspired by our bass player, Hugh Campbell, a young man of proud Navajo heritage and stout Scottish name. No stranger to borders, child of the desert Southwest come to age in River City, Kansas, he moves like a Skin-Walker between cultures, time, and place to bring an intriguing mix of power, passion, and tender yearning in his songs. He’s been with us nearly three years – give him a listen and I think you’ll see why we were pleased to add his fresh blood to our old skin... (Disc 1, Fresh Blood, all songs by Hugh Campbell -- Disc 2, Old Skin, all songs by M. Litton)

The Border Band is a four-piece group with M. Litton on vocals and rhythm guitar; Hugh Campbell on vocals, bass, and guitar; Dave Melody on drums; and Roger Holden on lead guitar. We play a raw mix of rock, folk, country, and blues, which we call “Rawhide Rock” because it’s fresh-skinned, still dripping blood, hasn’t been processed to fit any certain form. We’ve got songs high-peaked and treacherous as the Rockies, lonely and hunted as the Badlands, and gentle rolling as a spring pasture in first bloom. A varied terrain, no doubt, but sure and certain as the dust, rocks, and wind of which they’re formed.

As the reviewer from Village Records said of our 4th CD, IT'S A SHORT LIFE: "This group has the perfect name. Their music straddles all aspects of Americana and the forefathers of the genre. Albums like this are not meant for radio programmers and focus groups. It is meant for drivers of rust colored pick-up trucks that have old mangled chrome bumpers, and past their prime cars with big engines. You'll find these parked outside of end of the trail roadhouses, not Starbucks. For this all new recording they don't get above their raising and deliver another alt-country classic..."



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Alan Wynzel

A virtuosity of purity and simplicity
Melvin Litton & The Border Band once again deliver a hard nugget of heartfelt, no-apologies work of roots rock & blues, weighty and unique like a sheet of flint knocked from an outcrop of the Flint Hills of Kansas, not far off from Lawrence, Kansas, where they are based. The music of The Border Band is the music of the roadhouse bluesman, the 50s rockers wailin' in their matching suits while drunken cowboys pitched beer bottles at their heads--the unspoiled, rough, but pure music of musicians who don't give a damn about anything but the MUSIC--American "roots" music. And their execution is deceptive; a virtuosity of purity and simplicity. In "Fresh Blood, Old Skin", Melvin Litton "shares the stage", if you will, with a young singer-songwriter, one Hugh Campbell, who is featured on the first CD of this 2 CD set--the "Fresh Blood". Melvin Litton takes the reins (or guitar strap, actually) and lead the 2nd set, or CD--the "Old Skin". If you're already a fan of The Border Band, well, I'm just preaching to the choir, but if you haven't given them a listen yet--and you eschew over-produced, sold-out music, and have a hankering for some honky-tonk, some crossroads blues, some prairie ballads...give this a listen.