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American Sojourn

by Three Times Bad

“Dirty American roots music” (Register-Guard). “Epic moustaches & bent bluegrass” (Source Weekly). Backwoods blues, outlaw country, hillbilly swing, Appalachian rags, Gypsy jazz, old-time gospel, murder ballads, honkytonk, folk songs & hot singalongs.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. When You Ain't No Longer
0:41 $0.99
2. Two Legged Hillbilly Cyborg Dog
4:06 $0.99
3. Possum Stew
4:58 $0.99
4. Carve Dat Possum
3:16 $0.99
5. Southern Hospitality Gun, Knife & Doll Show
5:29 $0.99
6. Mary Jane Hangin' On That Vine
2:50 $0.99
7. Resurrection Specialist
3:37 $0.99
8. Dark Holler
1:49 $0.99
9. In Love With the Reverend's Wife
3:51 $0.99
10. Freak
3:37 $0.99
11. No More No Less
4:13 $0.99
12. Bed O' Cornbread Crumbs
2:55 $0.99
13. Hot Mess
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14. Kaddisha Lemonade
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15. When You Ain't No Longer Mine You're Mine
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“This is boot-stompin', beer-swillin', muddy roots music, where outlaw bluegrass meets anti-folk meets hillbilly punk in a band of city-dwellers who want nothing more than to be pickin' and howlin' from a rickety front porch Appalachia.”
-- Bend Bulletin

“Country-punk style and catchy as hell. ‘Bed o’ Cornbread Crumbs’ will be embedded in my head for days.”
-- Not About Religion

Three Times Bad is “a hot new San Francisco string [band] born from the soundtrack to the critically acclaimed, transmedia novel 'badbadbad'” (Hood River News) by bandleader Jesus Angel Garcia. The group plays “dirty American roots music” (The Register-Guard). Think: “Epic moustaches and bent bluegrass” (The Source Weekly), backwoods blues, outlaw country, hillbilly swing, Appalachian rags, Gypsy jazz, old-time gospel, murder ballads, honkytonk, folk songs, and hot singalongs.

Many of the songs on the band's debut album, American Sojourn, include lyrics that come directly from scenes in the novel, which trains its high beams on 21st century Americana, where sex, God and rock ‘n’ roll meet the social web. In his five-star review of the book, James Greer (Guided by Voices) said, “Garcia aims to unsettle your assumptions about class, about gender, about sex, about religion, about identity: in short, about yourself, and what it means to be human in an inhuman world.” Three Times Bad carries on this artistic exploration with a Southern Gothic approach to songwriting and dynamic live performances in the family of the Devil Makes Three and Old Crow Medicine Show -- with a nod to Americana forefathers Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, and Uncle Dave Macon.

“Jesus says: ‘A great live show is all about ecstatic hoedown.’”
-- San Francisco Chronicle

Led by unrepentant freak preacher and transmedia artist Jesus Angel (on acoustic guitar, banjo, and lead vocals), Three Times Bad performs in various configurations, from quartet to duo, and often welcomes guest musicians and dancers on the stage. The core lineup features virtuoso mandolinist Thomas Romero (who has studied with Mike Marshall and David Grisman), upright bassist Megan McDevitt (Stockton Symphony), and French Gypsy fiddler JP Duboucheron. In the great folk tradition, everyone in the group sings.

Although relatively new on the scene, Three Times Bad has quickly made a name for itself, gigging regularly for the past two years all over Northern California. The band has played festivals in San Francisco, Humboldt, Long Beach, Yakima, and Coupeville, and successfully toured the Pacific Northwest four times, performing with Sinferno Cabaret, Samuel James, Renegade Stringband, McCoy Tyler Band, and many others. At the 2013 Ink n Iron Festival (with headliner Iggy & the Stooges), the group shared a sweet side stage with Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band. Three Times Bad returns to Ink n Iron (with headliner Merle Haggard) this June. In its successive appearances at the 2013 and 2012 Humboldt Hills Hoedown festivals, the band opened for world-class roots combos like Hellbound Glory, the Brothers Comatose, Hillstomp, Hot Buttered Rum, Dead Winter Carpenters, and Polecat.

“Story songs are a big part of [Three Times Bad's] live show, but the adventurousness of these musicians, and their joy in each other’s company, means there is a lot of spontaneity in concert.”
-- The Register-Guard

From the beginning, Three Times Bad has staged awesome multimedia events. Teaming up with local bluegrass concert promoter Shelby Ash, Jesus co-produced Boograss! Halloween Hoedown & Burlesque Show at Slim’s, one of San Francisco’s premier venues, partnering his band with the Pine Box Boys, Salacious Underground Burlesque, Coffin Hunter, and his original video projections (on a side note: Jesus’ first cinematic adventure -- 'badbadbad: a documentary film,' based on themes of his novel -- was an Official Selection of the 2012 Indie Fest USA International Film Festival). He produced a similar program to Boograss! for a festive 420 weekend at Brick & Mortar (SF) and Aubergine After Dark (Sebastopol), teaming Three Times Bad with Jugtown Pirates, Salacious Burlesque, Krysta & the Wild Things, and JD Limelight. These shows were documented on the free concert album download Goodbye Taxes, Hello Mary Jane!

Given its literary origins, it may come as no surprise that Three Times Bad has performed at numerous Bay Area lit events; the group was also “the official band” at the over-the-top launch of the Beast Crawl festival, a four-hour literary pub crawl with 100+ authors and thousands of listeners in uptown Oakland. Three Times Bad also contributed to a series of sold-out performances at University of San Francisco, pairing its music with the modern-dance choreography of Megan Nicely.

To celebrate its CD release on May 17, Three Times Bad will bring AmeriCarnival: a Dirty American Roots Barnstorm! -- "a multimedia Americana spectacular from Vaudeville to the Barbary Coast to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass" -- to Slim's in San Francisco for what promises to be an extraordinary night of music, dance, film, and carny-festive fun! Details available on the band's web site.

“Urban hillbilly music at its finest: ear-opening, toe-tapping tales of love-making on cornbread crumbs, illicit obsession with the reverend's wife and possum stew, and gospel hoedowns the likes of which you haven't seen since Jonathan Edwards and the Great Awakening.”
-- SouthTahoeNOW



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