CATH and PHIL TYLER: The Song-Crowned King

Cath and Phil Crowned King

          CATH and PHIL TYLER The Song-Crowned King Ferrid Modrant 9   This beautifully spare new release from the American-British duo (based in England) has been a long time promised, but even with only six tracks, it backs more powerful punches that albums three times … → read more

“Tim Eriksen – Sowing a Silken Seam”

Tim Eriksen – hardcore americana This week at Murder Ballad Monday will be a mix of celebration and reflection, with a bit of correction thrown in for balance.Celebration? Quite simply, we’re still here and still finding plenty to write about even after eleven months of weekly blogging on a rather rarefied topic. And … → read more

So died these men as became Athenians

James Chaney’s mother, Fannie Lee Chaney, and his brother, Ben Now, having moved through a discussion of a number of musical responses to the Freedom Summer murders, I’d like to go back to “ThoseThree Are On My Mind,” and think through some distinctions that may help us understand best where … → 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