Head Hung

  I found the music of Colorado-based songwriter and recording artist Rorey Carroll, when she “liked” our Facebook page.  I looked up her web site, and gave “Head Hung” a listen, and heard something I recognized in this original murder ballad.  A few e-mails later, and we had a plan … → read more

The red bells beckon you to ride

In between “Furnace Room Lullaby” and “Deep Red Bells,” Neko Case released her second original murder ballad, “Make Your Bed.” The song appeared on Canadian Amp, an EP featuringa few covers, one traditional folk song, and two originals.  “Make Your Bed” is a fine murder ballad – not a masterpiece, … → read more

Deep as I have been done

Neko Case playing murder victim on the cover of her album Furnace Room Lullaby In response to a previous post on Nick Cave and Johnny Cash, one of our readers commented that “the emotion in Cave’s voice, along with his delivery, create a murder ballad experience which “moves” the listener … → read more

Why dois your brand sae drap wi bluid?

Note: This is Part 3 of a 4 part series – see also Part 1, Part 2, and Part 4 This week’s first post introduced us to the ballad “Edward” in Ireland and America.  My second post this week introduced a version from England and one from Scotland, and mainly … → read more

It’s all about a little holly bush…

Note: This is Part 2 of a 4 part series – see also Part 1, Part 3, and Part 4 We saw in the introductory post for the week that in the murder ballad “Edward“, or Child 13, at least as sung in America and Ireland the murder is sparked … → read more

Edward / What Put the Blood? / The Blood on His Shirt Sleeve

  Cain Leadeth Abel to Death – Chromolithograph book plate, James Tissot, 1904 Note: This is Part 1 of a 4 part series – see also Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 This week we’re back in to the Child Ballads.  It’s been over a month since Ken’s last foray into this territory, so I … → read more