J.P. HARRIS' DREADFUL WIND AND RAIN 'Don't You Marry No Railway Man' DIRT-0102-CD

J.P. HARRIS' DREADFUL WIND AND RAIN 'Don't You Marry No Railway Man' DIRT-0102-CD

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JP Harris has a secret: his name is actually “Squash.” Long before Harris became a well regarded honky-tonker, he used his childhood nickname while playing archaic “old-time” American tunes at underground fiddlers’ gatherings, engrossed in this punkish folk music world. Don’t You Marry No Railroad Man, his debut recording of traditional music under the moniker JP Harris’ Dreadful Wind and Rain, features ten tracks spanning the breadth of American old-time repertoire. Harris wades between ancient ballads that traveled from the British Isles to Appalachia like “Barbry Ellen,” to droning banjo ditties such as Hobart Smith’s entrancing “Last Chance,” here played on one of Harris’ coveted homemade banjos. Harris also works as a serious carpenter which adds a unique authenticity to his versions of the classic “House Carpenter” and lesser known “The Little Carpenter.” Alongside Harris’ haunting vocals, the album prominently features the low-tuned fiddle and harmony singing of his longtime friend and Old Crow Medicine Show member Chance McCoy, who produced the record at his West Virginia studio in an old barn. On this sparse and arresting recording, Harris isn’t mining his roots as a marketing pitch, he has the chops to back it up. In fact, this collection of songs made him who he is today. Welcome home “Squash."

Track Listing:

1. House Carpenter (4:40)
2. Closer to the Mill (Going to California) (2:28)
3. Mole in the Ground (3:41)
4. Country Blues (3:20)
5. Last Chance (1:51)
6. Old Bangum (3:13)
7. Barbry Ellen (3:20)
8. The Little Carpenter (3:30)
9. Otto Wood (2:41)
10. Wild Bill Jones (2:49)

Track Listing:

  • 1. Bye Bye Love (2:51)
  • 2. Tell Me That You Love Me (2:33)
  • 3. Seven Year Blues (2:04)
  • 4. Cannonball Blues (2:09)
  • 5. This Little Light of Mine (1:57)
  • 6. James Alley Blues (4:23)
  • 7. Little Darling Pal of Mine (2:26)
  • 8. Are You All Alone (2:08)
  • 9. No One to Welcome Me Home (2:57)
  • 10. Let Me Fall (2:03)
  • 11. Will You Miss Me (3:11)
  • 12. No Telephone in Heaven (2:39)
  • 13. I'll Wash Your Love from My Heart (1:48)
  • 14. Hard Time Blues (3:03)
  • 15. Why Not Confess (2:02)
  • 16. Bound to Ride (1:37)
  • 17. Sing Me Back Home (3:25)
  • 18. The First Whippoorwill (Bonus Track) (2:26)
  • 19. In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad) (Bonus Track) (2:56)