TROUBLE IN MIND.
Giving this classic the hang-Dog treatment, somehow we wound up with clawhammer banjo (Odie), guitar (Bee) and harmonica (Jim). You know the song, but you never heard it quite like this. That could even be a good thing.
Let’s see, what haven’t we done? Calypso! From one of your favorites and ours, Lord Executioner. Accordion, Dobro, with Odie on guitar and vocal. A friend, playing “properly” with African musicians, once was told to “put some confusion in it,” advice we have taken to heart. Sometimes we find the confusion. Sometimes it finds us.
Jim went to college in New Orleans where he picked up a lot of bad habits and a love for Cajun music. He’s on guitar and vocals here, Odie grabs the bouzouki for reasons known only to him, Bee has an accordion in her hands. N.B.: Law requires us to issue a hazardous-materials warning whenever the accordion comes out.
Odie wrote this, our most requested song, and one we wind up playing at just about every performance. He’s on banjo, Bee’s on cello, they both sing, Jim plays back-up fingerstyle guitar. We could play this song forever.
DO WHAT YOU WILL.
An original by Odie, with him on guitar, Bee on fretless electric bass, Jim on Dobro, all of us -- just like the guy in the lyrics -- doing our mournful best to soldier on. One of our many happy, happy songs. Yeah, right. But at least this one ain’t about death.
COULD BE WRONG.
Another original, this one by Jim, who never quite got over being from the South and growing up on country music. Everybody sings, Jim plays guitar, Odie’s on slide resonator guitar, Bee’s got hold of that big electric bass again.
WILD MOUNTAIN THYME.
Nothing is safe when The Dog is on the prowl. Here’s an Old World tune, shaken and stirred. That’s Odie on fingerstyle resonator guitar and vocal, and Jim on mandolin showing off the G scale he seems to have just learned. Bee is (Danger, Will Robinson!) back on accordion.
We insist there is absolutely no autobiographical content here. Deep, deep lyrics! A code to live by! Odie on vocals and guitar, Ant Bee plucking and slapping the doghouse bass, Squeaky Jim on fiddle. Think porches, barn dances, pig’s knuckles and old jars to drink from.
IF I WERE YOU.
Odie wrote this, which is -- for purely artistic reasons, naturally -- wife Bee’s favorite. She’s on bass here, Odie and Jim both play guitar. Plumb pretty.
ONE OF US IS GONE.
This came in a rush one day when Jim sat down with a guitar and five minutes later had a new song. We figure we can tell all the banjo jokes we want because two of us play them, but this time out it’s Odie doing the deed. Jim and Bee are singing. They went out for coffee to give Odie time to try to tune the banjo -- twice. Jim’s on guitar, she’s on bass.
Another one you’ve heard, but not like we do it ’round here. Words by Michelle Shocked to a popular old fiddle tune. Vocal is Bee, Odie’s on banjo, Jim’s playing guitar. And once again, miraculously, we manage to get off the train at the same time.
Another Old World tune all Dogged-up. Listen closely and you’ll hear, just beneath the surface, the guiding principle of all our arrangements: How the heck are we going to get through this one? Odie’s on octave mando, Bee’s on cello, Jim’s wringing a Dobro’s neck. Vocals by Odie and Bee.
DON’T KNEEL AT MY GRAVESIDE.
Any song titled “Graveside” has to be a downer, right? Wrong. This one’s from Barry and Holly Tashian, with Odie’s guitar, Jim’s Dobro, Bee’s fretless electric 5-string bass, Odie and Bee on vocals.
Santa Cruz H13
Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500R
Epiphone "Biscuit" resonator
Beard squareneck resonator
Gold Tone HOAB banjo
Michael Kelly fretless electric 5-string bass
Carlo Robelli string bass
John Juzek cello
c. 1915 American-made Ernst Adam fiddle
Trinity College octave mandolin
Lee Oskar harmonica