New South

New South

by Mike West
     
 
Folksinger Mike West lays down his mantra in the opening cut, "Dixie," on New South: "I don't suffer fools and I don't play Dixie." West mixes his left-of-center humor with fairly straightforward arrangements (if one doesn't count the tuba) for 18 original songs. "Dogs and Ticks" includes a number of circular stories, each starting simply and building toward

Overview

Folksinger Mike West lays down his mantra in the opening cut, "Dixie," on New South: "I don't suffer fools and I don't play Dixie." West mixes his left-of-center humor with fairly straightforward arrangements (if one doesn't count the tuba) for 18 original songs. "Dogs and Ticks" includes a number of circular stories, each starting simply and building toward amusing catastrophe. The dogs get ticks, which leads to lime disease; the narrator buys weed, which leads to getting busted. However, all turns out well when the narrator finds Jesus, which gets him saved -- and "being saved got me praying/Now I got to behave." West paints a sardonic portrait of the New South on the album's title cut, a land occupied by "fraternity boys and sorority girls" along with lots of folks from up north. Despite all the changes, everything seems pretty much the same: "In the New South like the Old South/Speak your mind but shut your mouth/When you're talking about the New South." West's skewed point of view works less well on pieces like "Clothes Dryer" and "Muleskinner," songs that go on too long and are a bit obvious. Fans who have grown fond of West's oddball approach to folk will nonetheless joyfully add New South to their CD collections.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2003
Label:
Binky Records
UPC:
0606713103122
catalogNumber:
1031

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Performance Credits

Mike West   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar,Banjouki
Debbie Davis   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Gina Forsyth   Fiddle
John Lutz   Bass,Accordion
Matt Perrine   Tuba
Myshkin   Washboard,Spoons,Vocal Harmony,Wails
Jeff Burke   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin
Matt Swiler   Drums,Washboard
Marc Stone   national steel guitar

Technical Credits

Mike West   Arranger,Composer,Engineer,Artwork
Myshkin   Engineer
Andrea Garland   Artwork
Matt Swiler   Contributor

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