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Ghosts Like Me

by The Lopers

Hoosier-flavored songs by Dave McConnell, original tales of joy, loss, despair, hope and goats, sung and cunningly played on acoustic gtrs, dobro, mandolin, bodhran & bones, fiddle and bass, showing influences from folk, bluegrass, Irish trad, and rock.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. ghosts like me
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2. tore down forgotten
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3. back again
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4. warm place to stay
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5. noisy old world
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6. conversation with an old man
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7. forgot about the rain
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8. couldn't get much closer
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9. watching the sun
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10. train out of boston
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11. this old house and i
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12. walk away
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13. last train
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14. small town stories
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The songs of Dave McConnell brought together the musicians who became the Lopers.

Varied tales from a view of life in rural southern Indiana, these songs cover a lot of ground: Good humor and time well wasted; the telling of tales and spooky nights; love, time and loss; the double edge of the wisdom and wistfulness of age; the sense of place and life on the land.

Along with Dave's acoustic guitar and lead vocals, Richard Groner plays dobro and mandolin, Bill Craig plays acoustic lead guitar, Min Gates plays bodhrán and bones, and steve V. Johnson plays bass. Tom Townsend and Deb Shebish contribute fiddle.

These musicians bring eclectic influences to the songs, and bluegrass, traditional Irish, blues, Old Time and country can be heard in the mix.

Presented as this group of friends playing for you on your back porch or in your living room, the Lopers offer up "ghosts like me" comfortably, as good friends would.


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David P

Filled with emotion
I spent four years at Indiana University listening to these guys play at local venues. They are amazing...a carefully guarded secret. While I don't normally listen to country music, drinking a beer at a local tavern listening to The Lopers is one of my best memories of college.

Bloomington Hearld Times Newspaper


From the Bloomington Herald-Times The Scene October 7, 2004
Written by Daniel Coonce

The Lopers are a dusty, windswept road heading out to an abandoned barn. That’s the feel they’ve created on “Ghosts Like Me,” an extremely well-crafted and recorded disc. The group’s songs are rooted in old-time string music, folk and country. Dave McConnell’s songs inhabit sparse, open spaces and are filled with careening fiddles, ringing acoustic guitars, easy rhythms, pretty melodies and vocals that are languid but emotionally expressive all the same.
The second track, and one of the best, is “Tore Down Forgotten,” a slide guitar-laced upbeat and insistent tune that features a nice sing-song melody and driving fiddle lines. Other highlights include the simple acoustic lament, “Conversation With an Old Man,” which features a fine vocal performance and good lyrics; the laid-back swing of “Watching the Sun,” a nice piece of nostalgia; and the melancholy, sad “Train Out Of Boston.”
This music stand on its own, but Steve V Johnson and McConnell’s production give the songs plenty of room to breathe, allowing each instrument to stand out. This sounds, in large part, like people playing music in an old farmhouse-which I would imagine is how The Lopers wanted it.

Annie

Great
This is great music that stays with you; has meaning; is humorous; comforting.

Bill Chandler

This is Americana, acoustic roots music at its best
(edited for length)
Best description I can come up with for this CD--it's like sitting down in the living room with a group of friends you've known for years, playing tunes you've always known and loved, and just basking in the good stuff. The songs are all written by David McConnell, with one co-written with Richard Groner (who puts in first-rate dobro work
throughout the album).

Other standout tunes--"Forgot About The Rain", "Tore Down Forgotten",and the title track, "Ghosts Like Me".

This is Americana, acoustic roots music at its best. Always good to hear more Hoosier contributions to the world of music, and this is good stuff, folks.