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Rise Again!

by The Hardtackers

Songs of seas, lakes, rivers, canals--anything wet-- by an a cappella quartet and friends.
Genre: Folk: Sea Shanties
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Rolling Down to Old Maui
3:06 $0.99
2. Running Down to Cuba
2:21 $0.99
3. Santiano
2:24 $0.99
4. Pull Down Below
2:09 $0.99
5. Blue Bayou (feat. Mike Hendrick)
2:42 $0.99
6. Niagara
3:08 $0.99
7. The Dreadnaught
2:21 $0.99
8. Hog-Eye Man
2:12 $0.99
9. Let Him Go on Mama
3:12 $0.99
10. Rolling Down the River
3:36 $0.99
11. Mingulay Boat Song
2:19 $0.99
12. Long Hot Summer Day
2:46 $0.99
13. Run Come See
3:17 $0.99
14. Sloop John B
3:50 $0.99
15. The Mary Ellen Carter
4:08 $0.99
16. One More Day
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Album Notes
In this, our fourth album, The HardTackers transcend time and space. It was recorded over a period of ten months with members on both sides of the Atlantic and in several places in the US.. We recorded a track at a time, emailed a lot of MP3 files back and forth, got a lot better at karaoke, and then put it all together. Mike Hendrick helped us out by channeling Roy Orbison on Blue Bayou and Becky Beyer sang those nice alto parts on several cuts. Sometimes it's traditional--sometimes it's unconventional--sometimes it's silly--sometimes it's sad and tragic--but it's always fun. It's all a cappella. If you need some music to sing along with on a long road trip, this album's for you.

The Tracks:

1. Old Maui -- Andy's great-great-grandmother was at one time Harbor Master (or Harbor Mistress, if you wish) at Maui. In any case, she was in charge and was by all accounts, a force to be reckoned with. This is a happy song of weary whalers looking forward to time ashore at the end of a hard but successful voyage.

2. Running Down To Cuba -- Sadly, this happily anticipated voyage to Cuba turned into all work and no shore leave, but it was fun anyway.

3. Santiano -- This French language version of this traditional shanty was made popular by Hugues Aufray and remains in the repertoires of francophone shanty singers everywhere. Pete Seeger and The Weavers did an English version. It comes from the California Gold Rush era.

4. Pull Down Below -- Loading shanties, where the work went on and on...and on...were opportunities for lyrical improvisation with lines borrowed from any source. Glossary: A “moke” is a donkey, a “poke” is a bag, and “Backaloo” is a mythical land of bacalao, the codfish.

5. Blue Bayou (Roy Orbison) -- When you need a little time near the water....Our buddy Mike Hendrick channels Roy Orbison on this one.

6. Niagara (Larry Drake) -- Larry wrote this tribute to the U.S. Brig Niagara, to her peaceful missions on the Great Lakes, to her captains and crew, to the Erie Maritime Museum, and to our good times there.

7. The Dreadnaught -- This famous packet ship inspired the name of several other ships, a class of battleships, and a line of Martin guitars.

8. Hog-Eye Man -- If you have an idea about the meaning of this song, you can join the centuries-old debate, but be warned, no one has adequately explained it yet.

9. Let Him Go On Mama (John Hartford) -- John Hartford's paean to Ohio Rivermen.

10. Rolling Down The River (Jack Forbes) -- The Tilbury referred to here is a major modern cargo port on the Thames—not poet E.A. Robinson's fictional town in Maine.. Containerized freight has changed some things, but some things never change.

11. Mingulay Boat Song (Sir Hugh S. Roberton, 1938) -- Mingulay is a small island on the western coast of Scotland, now mostly inhabited by sheep, but its legend as a welcoming home port lives on through this song.

12. Long Hot Summer Day (John Hartford...additional verse by Larry Drake) -- John Hartford worked on towboats on the rivers, so he knew what he was talking about in this song.

13. Run Come See (Blind Blake—Alphonso Blake Higgs, The musician from the Bahamas—Not the Mississippi Blues man of the same name.) -- In September 1929, a major hurricane swept through the Bahamas causing a great loss of life and property, particularly on the island of Andros. This song recalls that tragedy. For details check out Wayne Neely's book The Great Bahama Hurricane of 1929.

14. Sloop John B. -- Blind Blake recorded a version of this traditional Bahamian song too, and may have helped touch off the Folk Scare of the 1960's.

15. Mary Ellen Carter (Stan Rogers) -- The best song about not giving up ever written.

16. One More Day -- The end of a voyage is a bittersweet time—A lot of work, a payday, and a parting.



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