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Lou Shields and the high science of low fidelity

Another aspect of Lou Shields’ music that is notable is his combination of primitive percussion and loose sense of timing or phrasing. The harshness of the slide bottle clashing on guitar strings, a kick drum pedal pounding heartbeat rhythms on a 5 gallon bucket, broken skateboard decks stacked with rusty license plates and bolted on bottlecaps. Its the sound of an old Model T falling apart as it winds down a mountain road. A lineman’s tool belt falling off a ladder. The jailer’s keys striking the tumblers on the cell door locks. Continue reading

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The History of American Music (in 1,000 words or less)

Music is undeniably one of those universal expressions that transcends barriers of ethnicity, politics, and religion that separates people and divides communities. Blues, jazz, bluegrass, country, and even traditional African drumming techniques all are part of a densely intertwined roots … Continue reading

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black cat bone?

well i always been one lucky devil… even when bad luck strikes…. maybe i have a guardian angel? or maybe a guardian devil? either way, it all is coming together better than i thought things would be at this point… … Continue reading

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