Outertainment

Outertainment

by Peter Stampfel
     
 

A session between two fringe musician lifers and accomplished song collectors, perennial Seattle street performer Baby Gramps and once/future Holy Modal Rounder and crazed N.Y.C. folkie Peter Stampfel, Outertainment is a mixed bag of acoustic folk from the pair's ever-evolving songbooks.See more details below

Overview

A session between two fringe musician lifers and accomplished song collectors, perennial Seattle street performer Baby Gramps and once/future Holy Modal Rounder and crazed N.Y.C. folkie Peter Stampfel, Outertainment is a mixed bag of acoustic folk from the pair's ever-evolving songbooks. Stampfel, especially, remained busy and authentically delighted with music-making in his seventies, recording discs in 2010 and 2011 with anti-folker Jeffrey Lewis, a group of New York regulars called the Ether Frolic Mob, the WORM All-Stars, and others. Where both excel in front of live audiences, it is Stampfel's tunes that come over best on the hourlong effort. Not that he's much more of a traditional singer than Gramps, but his wavering and enthusiastic voice is more easily communicated than Gramps' scratch-throated howl. He is more prone to tenderness, too, especially on the stumbling yodel of Snow White's "Heigh Ho," as well as another bit of pop culture detritus from Stampfel's childhood, "Asleep in the Deep" (rewritten as "New Sleep in the Deep"), first learned from The Lawrence Welk Show. Stampfel runs Gramps through "Wake Up Jacob," a Harry Smith Anthology of American Folk Music song that Stampfel has recorded in many incarnations. "It's different each time," he writes in the liner notes. "Way different." Here, Stampfel's fiddle deconstructs the melody before the two growl through it, Gramps throat singing and sounding not unlike Brak from the cartoon show Space Ghost. A low-key addition to a pair of long and winding catalogs.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/17/2010
Label:
Red Newt Records
UPC:
0751937391623
catalogNumber:
15
Rank:
152060

Tracks

  1. Buzzard On the Gut Wagon  -  Baby Gramps
  2. The Puppy Song  -  Baby Gramps
  3. Ain't Gonna Rain No More  -  Baby Gramps
  4. Bar Bar  -  Baby Gramps
  5. Monkeys Have No Tails In Zamboanga  -  Baby Gramps
  6. New Asleep In the Deep  -  Baby Gramps
  7. New Orleans Medley  -  Baby Gramps
  8. Heigh Ho  -  Baby Gramps
  9. Wake Up Jacob  -  Baby Gramps
  10. Uncle Eph's Got the Coon  -  Baby Gramps
  11. Whisker Wetter Whiskey  -  Baby Gramps
  12. Columbia the Gem of the Ocean  -  Baby Gramps
  13. Good Old Mountain Dew  -  Baby Gramps
  14. Surfin' Bird  -  Baby Gramps
  15. Casting My Spell  -  Baby Gramps
  16. Ghost Train of Freak Mountain  -  Baby Gramps

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Peter Stampfel   Primary Artist,Banjo,Fiddle,Vocals
Peter Stampfel & Baby Gramps   Indexed Contributor
Jim Boyer   Vocals
Dave Reisch   Bass,Vocals
Baby Gramps   Guitar,Vocals
Curtis "King" Chamberlain   Vocals,Jug,Saw,Penny Whistle,Jaw Harp

Technical Credits

Peter Stampfel   Liner Notes,Track Notes,Whistle
Jim Boyer   Whistle
Dave Reisch   Producer,Whistle
Gregg Williams   Producer,Engineer
Baby Gramps   Track Notes,Whistle
Curtis "King" Chamberlain   Whistle
Kathryn Frederick   Producer,Executive Producer,Layout,Whistle

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