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Beautiful Blood

by The Cousins Project

Sweetness & grit from this guitar-centric duo who actually discovered they were 2nd cousins recently and joined their considerable talents to produce a gem of Americana story-telling, with help from some of Vermont's top music makers.
Genre: Folk: Progressive Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Rescue Me
The Cousins Project & Steve Mayone
3:04 $0.99
2. Backway to Victory
The Cousins Project & Kristina Stykos
5:02 $0.99
3. South of the Chelsea Line
The Cousins Project & Steve Mayone
3:29 $0.99
4. Safe Passage
The Cousins Project & Steve Mayone
3:57 $0.99
5. Stealing Away
The Cousins Project & Steve Mayone
3:22 $0.99
6. Sugar
The Cousins Project & Kristina Stykos
5:14 $0.99
7. Beautiful Blood
The Cousins Project & Steve Mayone
2:18 $0.99
8. Trouble and Truth
The Cousins Project & Kristina Stykos
5:50 $0.99
9. Come Around
The Cousins Project & Steve Mayone
3:44 $0.99
10. Wasteland
The Cousins Project & Kristina Stykos
5:20 $0.99
11. Deep, Deep Baby
The Cousins Project & Kristina Stykos
3:32 $0.99
12. Jealous Girl
The Cousins Project & Kristina Stykos
3:15 $0.99
13. Mess of Love
The Cousins Project & Steve Mayone
3:03 $0.99
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Album Notes
Steve and I are second cousins … but didn’t know that until a few years ago. We lived parallel lives as songwriters, producers, and independent artists unbeknownst to the other: he in Boston and Brooklyn, and I in Vermont.

In 2006 we met by chance when Steve was playing a gig up here in the Green Mountains with his buddy Bow Thayer. As the band line-up was announced from the festival stage I heard my Italian middle name go flying by and took another squint at the musicians. Who was this “Steve Mayone” feller? When the band took a break, I nervously approached the Mediterranean looking guy who looked a little like my brother. “Is it possible we’re related?” I said.

Soon we were chatting away, trying to figure it out and in short order we discovered that our grandparents had been siblings. In the first half of the 20th century, the Mayone family were busy brick makers, shipping bricks down the Hudson river where they were used to build such iconic structures in New York City as the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. Then the company collapsed, and families scattered.

As Steve likes to say, “making the album has been a way get to know each other, musically and personally”. It is a joyful celebration of our newfound connection, extended family and not-so distant immigrant roots - and an appreciative nod to our lucky stars.

- Kristina Stykos, producer of Beautiful Blood



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