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Clothesline Revival – They Came From Somewhere  [2010]


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Clothesline Revival is all about exploring new frontiers in Americana roots music. From the imagination and inspiration of Conrad Praetzel, They Came from Somewhere is a collection of original instrumentals, ranging from lazy blues ballads to rompous steam-powered jigs, that combine rough hewn beats, emotionally charged atmospherics and roots instrumentation. Featuring Praetzel (acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, banjo, keyboards), blues legend Charlie Musselwhite (harmonica), Robert Powell (lap and pedal steel guitars), and Chris Rovetti (fiddle), They Came From Somewhere is Praetzel's first collection of all original compositions in over ten years. The first two Clothesline Revival CDs, Of My Native Land and Long Gone, received critical acclaim and were celebrated on syndicated NPR.

Genre: Alt country / Progressive folk / Mix style / Americana / Electronica / Roots Music
Location: SANTA ROSA, California, US
Release date: June 15, 2010

Label: Paleo Music - paleomusic.com/
Playtime: 40:00
01 – Voice Of The Lobster 2:52
02 – Washed Away Blues (Feat. Charlie Musselwhite) 4:06
03 – The Resurrection Of John Henry 2:47
04 – Clouds That Won’t Rain 2:56
05 – Snake Walk 3:20
06 – Orange Clown Train (Feat. Charlie Musselwhite) 4:07
07 – Return To Iona 3:57
08 – Cootie Catcher 2:52
09 – Fava Bean Man 2:52
10 – King Soloman Hill 1:57
11 – Tv Preacher 3:28
12 – Beautiful Home 2:55
13 – Rowing Away 2:42

They Came From Somewhere


1. Voice of the Lobster  sample
2. Washed Away Blues (featuring Charlie Musselwhite on harmonica) sample
3. The Resurrection of John Henry  FULL MP3
4. Clouds That Won't Rain  sample
5. Snake Walk   sample
6. Orange Clown Train (featuring Charlie Musselwhite on harmonica) sample
7. Return to Iona  sample
8. Cootie Catcher  sample
9. Fava Bean Man  sample
10. King Solomon Hill  sample
11. TV Preacher  FULL MP3
12. Beautiful Home sample
13. Rowing Away  sample

"What Conrad Praetzel and Robert Powell have done, no one has done. These guys are Americana heroes." ~ Frank Goodman/Pure Music

"Positive proof that everything old is new again" ~ j poet/ paste magazine

"In an era where musical appropriation and cross-pollination have become the virtual norm, Praetzel and co. have accomplished something truly unprecedented and wonderful -- and something deeply meaningful to anyone with an appreciation for the American folk tradition." ~ Jesse Ashlock/epitonic.com

"...a fresh soulful version of Americana." ~ Karen Olson/ Utne Reader

"...dang-near every track rewards repeated listens, old meeting new in strange, exciting ways." ~ Ned Hammad/ Tower Pulse!

"Praetzel has gone deeper into the American archive of recorded music than anyone, and his startling juxtapositions reveal a collective view of a century of American music." ~ Joe Allen, Wax Poetics


See also:

Clothesline Revival

Conrad Praetzel (beats, atmospherics, bass, guitar, dobro, mandolin)
Robert Powell (lap steel, pedal steel, ebow, bass, baritone guitar, electric guitar)
Tom Armstrong (vocals)
Wendy Allen (vocals)
Brantley Kearns (fiddle)
Mark Fuller (drums)
Bruce 'Creeper' Kurnow (harmonica)
John Murphy (harmonica)
Aric Leavit (banjo)

Arranger and musician Conrad Praetzel calls his label Paleo Music, which should give you a hint about his musical inclinations. Look over his discography, which includes titles like Between Past and Present and Myths and Memories, and the pattern becomes clearer still. Praetzel, a former archeologist, is obsessed with music's past and its relationship to cultural identity. But rather than simply lovingly recreate the sounds that fascinate him as some musical nostalgists elect to do, Praetzel reinvents ethnic and traditional music by casting it in bold new settings. In his own unique way, he is documenting the way the world seems to keep growing smaller culturally, even as its population continues to skyrocket.

With his most recent project, Clothesline Revival, Praetzel re-visions and extrapolates from a broad cross-section of classic American regional music, putting his own modern but timeless spin on the honky-tonk of Hank Williams, the bluegrass of Bill Monroe, the folk blues of Leadbelly, numerous traditional spirituals and folksongs, field recordings, and other aural artifacts of old-time Americana. He shows amazing talent both as an arranger and a historian with his adaptations of these definitively American sounds, mixing eclectic traditional instrumentation with tasteful atmospherics and electronic beats to create a style he's termed "acid country" or "ambient folk" -- a style that feels powerfully authentic in its effort to look back at the music of the early American 20th century through a decidedly fin de siecle lens.

Praetzel also shows a distinct skill at recruiting talent to realize his vision. Longtime collaborator Robert Powell plays lap and pedal steel, ebow, and bass, baritone, and electric guitars, while a cast of guest musicians lend their talents on drums, fiddle, harmonica, and banjo. Praetzel himself is responsible for the music's beats and atmospherics and plays acoustic guitar, dobro, and mandolin. Also vital to the aesthetic of Clothesline Revival are vocalists Tom Armstrong, an outstanding San Francisco-based honky-tonk crooner, and Wendy Allen, who has lent her breathtaking soprano to The Court and Spark, Paula Frazer, and others. Both have the voices of old souls, exceptional voices that feel quintessentially American and beautifully complement the voices of the album's field recordings, which include Leadbelly, Ora Dell Graham, and an unidentified old train caller barking out the line of the Illinois Central's "Panama Limited" from New Orleans to Chicago.

The album, by the way, is titled Of My Native Land, which on an intuitive level feels appropriate enough, but becomes more so when you learn its story. The title and the album art come from a sculpture garden in Northern Tennessee created during the 1950s by an elderly farmer named E.T. Wickham, who sought to memorialize the American things he held dear by creating life-size concrete figures (some of which have been sadly desecrated since) of the likes of revolutionary patriot Patrick Henry, American Indian leader Tecumseh, and the Kennedy brothers. The inscription on one such monument reads "Of My Native Land."

In an era where musical appropriation and cross-pollination have become the virtual norm, Praetzel and co. have accomplished something truly unprecedented and wonderful -- and something deeply meaningful to anyone with an appreciation for the American folk tradition.

Jesse Ashlock
last updated:10/09/02


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