by Flophouse


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The only full-length album from Flophouse has an appealing combination of folksy twang and acoustic/electric din. Some of the songs sound like rocked-up versions of old Appalachian tunes, but they all spring from the pen of J.C. Hopkins, who sings them in an appealing style that is reminiscent of Peter Case. This resemblance is perhaps not entirely a coincidence, since Case produced the album and plays on a few tracks. Nevertheless, this album doesn't sound quite like anything else Case has ever been associated with, thanks to Hopkins' different phrasing and the contributions of Kim Osterwalder. Her cello and violin add texture throughout, but it is her expressive but sparingly used background vocals that really lift these performances from good to great. Osterwalder, guitarist Clem Off, and Hopkins were an uncommonly good team, and it's a shame that they didn't explore this partnership more before moving in different musical directions.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/26/2000
Label: Heyday
UPC: 0023138521520
catalogNumber: 15

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Flophouse   Primary Artist
Peter Case   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica
J.C. Hopkins   Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Vocals
J. Micheal Lee   Drums
Clem Off   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Kim Osterwalder   Bass,Piano,Violin,Cello,Vocals
Leor Beary   Drums
Hobart Taylor   Trombone

Technical Credits

Peter Case   Producer
Karl Derfler   Engineer
Aaron Gregory   Engineer
Norman Kerner   Engineer
Tom Mallon   Engineer
Kim Osterwalder   Cover Photo
Hobart Taylor   Executive Producer

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