SLAPPIN' A RABBIT - LIVE!

THE EBONY HILLBILLIES/ EH music

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Imagine a world before electric light. Imagine an America where the railway is new and radio is still a dream, yet the nights are full of music and dancing. The music in the air, the soulful, heart-scratching sound of fiddle and washboard, emanates from the misty bayous and the shadowy Appalachian hollers; under the star-lit night, in a world lit only by kerosene, the seductive, sinewy songs rise from slave sheds, fishing shacks, big-city rooming houses, and everywhere in between. The music is born of deprivation, disenfranchisement, and disappointment, but it is still leaping with joy even if is just as often weeping with melancholy. African American string band music is a tradition that pre-dates jazz, pre-dates audio recording, and was written about even before the Declaration of Independence was signed. African American strings bands were an essential part of daily life throughout the 18th and 19th century; they played for pleasure, played for church, played for dances, and played to relieve the enormous stresses of life on the plantation. String Band, music also served as an early breeding ground – perhaps the first in American history – for musical and creative integration. African Americans (both freemen and slaves) were introduced to the fiddle and other string instruments by Scottish and Irish immigrants to Appalachia and the rural south. It’s the sound of America, it’s an ultrasound of the birth of the pop century, it’s even a glimpse at the flesh and bones behind everything you hear on the radio today and everything you’ve ever danced to. One of the reasons sting band music is so important is that it laid the groundwork for jazz, mountain music, country music, and even the rhythms and melodies of contemporary pop. The DNA of the entire American musical experience can be found in string band genre.

The Ebony Hillbillies’ latest album is Slappin’ A Rabbit, a live reckoning of their infectious, dexterous, ancient modernism. Its remarkably fresh and accomplished music that tells an important story about America. By Tim Sommer

CREDITS: HENRIQUE PRINCE - VIOLIN, VOCALS. NORRIS BENNETT - BANJO, MOUNTAIN DULCIMER, VOCALS. GLORIA THOMAS GASSAWAY - VOCALS, BONES WILLIAM “SALTY BILL” SALTER - ACOUSTIC BASS REGGIE (A.R.) FERGUSON - COWBOY PERCUSSION KIT NEWMAN TAYLOR BAKER - WASHBOARD PERC ALLANAH SALTER - VOCALS

RECORDED LiVE "ON THE ROAD" MASTERED BY RICHARD ALDERSON/AMBIENT DIGITAL/AW PRODUCED BY AW & THE EH

SPECIAL THANKS: AMBIENT DIGITAL, GLAMA, TOM NEHIL, BOB ALLISON, EFA/KALAMAZOO RESA, RICHARD ALDERSON, CHENERY AUDITORIUM, GENERATION CUSTOM DRUMS, GERREN YOUNG, DAVID WALKER, BOB BOYD, FUNKADELIC STUDIOS, STEPHEN CEE, PIEDMONT BLUZ, BEN TURNER, EBONY HILLBILLIES MUSIC FOUNDATION, BOB JONES MASTER INSTRUMENT REPAIR

COVER ART DESIGN BY WALKIN2MEMUSIC

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