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released February 23, 2013

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The Tanglers New Orleans, Louisiana

Dylan Williams, Graham Robinson, Harry Hardin, Jacob Tanner, Matt Rota, and Craig Alexander blend their backgrounds in bluegrass, folk, rock, jazz, and classical music into what folks call “Big Easy Bluegrass.” This approach results in a hard-driving mix of originals, traditionals, and a few classic New Orleans cuts. ... more

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Track Name: Mountain Life
Chorus:
Mountain life and beauty my darlin’
Those blue hills you’ll never know
But my darlin’, too lat for asking
We sold our souls to Peabody Coal

When I was just a child
Was a child of the streets
Daddy was a coal mining man
Worked long hours to put shoes on my feet

Chorus

Word came through the town
Something in the mine had gone wrong
Said “Sorry my son”
“Daddy ain’t comin’ come”

Chorus

When I turned seventeen
I was workin’ in that same mine
Worked in the dark for sixty-odd years
Thought I had done my time

Chorus

They tore my mountains from the sky to the ground
Just to get what’s beneath
They moved my mountains and they moved my streams
Just to feed our own greed

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Track Name: Ho Jo Blues
I got off work last Wednesday night
Wasn’t quite feeling alright
Went to the bar on 49th
Sat myself down and ordered up a pint

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Hey you there with your coat and your tie
Let me on the train, let me ease on by
Been drinking since work, see the morning light
Won’t do it again till tomorrow night

You know the bartender was a friend of mine
He knew just what would make me feel fine
Gave me a Magic Hat #9
Laid down a twenty and he kindly declined

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Two became three and three became four
All the barflies were stumbling out the door
“Last call boys, can’t drink anymore”
“Except you man, stay as long as you care”

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Next thing I know, six o’clock came
Looked in the sky and it started to rain
Fell on my ass trying to get on the train
Door started to close, so I had to say

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