Fur Dixon and Steve Werner | the Pearl and the Swine

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the Pearl and the Swine

by Fur Dixon and Steve Werner

New-Timey classic road songs with deep roots in old-time folk and bluegrass traditions.
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1. Reputation of a Rambler
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2. Ventura County Line
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3. Right on Time
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4. Mulholland Highway
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5. Brother Tumbleweed
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6. If I Wake Up Tomorrow
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7. the Pearl and the Swine
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8. Where Are We Going?
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9. Every Day a Different Journey
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10. When Will My Wandering End?
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11. When My Face is Covered Over
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12. Backroads and Blue Skies
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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2006's The Pearl and the Swine is the first studio recording of Van Nuys, California’s hard-scrabble, road-obsessed folk duo Fur Dixon and Steve Werner. Recorded by Charlie McGovern, (Mike Stinson, Victoria Williams, Tony Gilkyson) the disc features the guest talents of some of L.A’s finest, including Mike Stinson, Paul Marshall, John "Groover" McDuffy, Cliff Wagner and Scarlett Rivera.

This is road music, friends. Traveling music written by two who know it well. The road is the common thread running through all the songs on the CD. It’s the music of dusty highways, county lines, death, life and blue skies. Their songs speak in the language of long miles, written on dashboards and motel rooms with the wisdom that can only be gained in those big spaces between the towns.

Fur and Steve seemed to have been moving on parallel courses until they bumped smack-dab into each other onstage in Los Angeles in 2003. Their lives before then had led each around the world playing music. That rainy night the two travelers met, and kindred spirits now connected, they have been performing together ever since.

Fur is a hand-crafted songwriter and angel-voiced cowgirl. She gathers her musical influences from June and Mother Maybelle Carter, Hazel Dickens, and Johnny Cash. As a teen, she cut her teeth singing in church and winning musical contests. Fur has played rockabilly and hard driving country music with Los Angeles bands the Hollywood Hillbilly's and the Screamin' Sirens. She's lived and played in Austin, New York, and has toured Europe on bass with Psycho-punk legends the Cramps. Fur's songs come straight out of her heart. Her voice is playful, melodious and seductive. When she sings you a story of hope and heartache you know she has traveled every mile of that journey. Fur is the voice of an old friend, heard across a campfire on a starry night, a voice that calls upon ghosts of another time, when the Carters and the Stanleys sang those same truths around the home fires of their beloved hills.

Steve is an unrepentant motorcycle-riding, hard-traveling folksinger. He is a Flat-pickin', Travis-pickin' son of a gun and his original songs have the timeless quality of classic folk songs. Steve made his name as guitarist and bandleader for original fifties rockabilly singers like Glen Glenn, Ray Campi, Johnny Legend, Tony "Wildman" Conn, Sonny Burgess and Tommy Sands. He’s played Lollapalooza and opened for Bob Dylan. His first album, Biker Campfire, has become a staple in the motorcycle world. The songs he wrote for expatriot American rocker John Whiteleather, in Sweden, scored on the charts all over Europe, where he travels frequently. Yet, for all that rockin, folk music has always been his first love, his heart and his home. With his trusty Martin HD-28 He's played all over the world from Japan to Europe and all across the USA. An old-school troubadour trained in the ways of his heroes Woody Guthrie and Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Steve keeps that grand tradition alive in fine rough and rowdy style.

Together, Fur and Steve are a combination that can’t be beat. In their guitars there’s the smoke of a thousand campfires. When they sing harmony it’ll raise the hair on your arms. Listen to their words and you’ll want to pack up, climb into the back of their pickup truck and head out for a musical joyride down the dusty highways and backroads of the American west.


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John Daniels

Great CD, authentic, haunting and beautifully played and recorded
What a wonderful slice of American music, true American music. This CD has an "authentic" feeling that permeates each track. When you hear the echo of the road in the lyrics, it's true wanderlust, not fancy songwriter BS. Both Steve and Fur have lived the life and their music reflects that. It's happy, it's sad but mostly, it's real. When Steve says he "sat down by the highway and my guitar began to pray", you can see him, right there, in the moment. (And "Mulholland Highway" is just downright gorgeous. The first time I heard the pedal steel bridge, I got goosebumps.)
I'm happy to say that I was the one who introduced these two artists to each other and, after hearing this CD, which I believe is their first collaboration, I'm real happy I did. Buy this one, it's awesome.

David Serby

It's a classic
I've been listening to your record for the last couple of weeks and it's a classic. Every song is great now, every song would'a been great 100 years ago, and every song'll still be great in another 100. You guys should be very proud.

Susie Glaze

A Diamond in the Rough!
Fur and Steve are REAL treasures of modern Americana music. They write songs that are true classics of cowboy twang and feelgood road adventure. Listening to them sets my mind reeling about the freedom of speaking your mind and opening your heart to friend and stranger alike, and how good honesty can feel. I put them on when I'm down, to remind myself of the goodness of the human spirit, of how lightness and sweetness (and a great melody) can heal you and make you feel like making it another day. They're real friends we should treasure! Watch out for their new one coming soon!

Eddie Russell, Country Eastern / Outlaw For Peace Radio Show '

the Pearl and the Swine is the album for you
From the yesteryears to the present tier, without sounding forced or fake...as if the Swine is the dust devil with deft fingers across the wasteland of the frets, and the pearl is the perfumed voice of the praire breeze. If your true hobo is waiting for that train to the big rock candy mountain or somewhere similar, then 'The Pearl and the Swine' by Fur Dixon and Steve Werner is the album for you.

Christina Ortega

The old-time vocal duo is a lost art and it sounds great here.
The song writing is great. The production values are warm and inviting; the sound needs nothing more in its straight up simplicity. Your vocals are lovely together and lovely apart. The old-time vocal duo is a lost art and it sounds great here. Fur, your voice is beeyootiful!

Bob Ricketts, the Groovy Rednecks

Truely insparational
Hey guys.I was floored by the CD.Truely insparational !!!!!(is that how ya' spell truely?)

Paul Givant, Rose's Pawn Shop

it's just so damn beautiful!
just wanted to let you know i'm totally in love with your album. you did an amazing job. i have it in constant rotation over here. in particular backroads and blue skies which sometimes i just put on repeat by itself. it's just so damn beautiful! thank you for the great music.

Barb Fryed

it is stuck in my brain.
I am really enjoying this new CD. There are a couple of songs I really like, but the last one, "Backroads and Blue skies" is my absolute favorite. I can't get it out of my mind. I listened to it on the way to work and it is stuck in my brain.