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Drunken Prayer

by Drunken Prayer

This is unapologetic American music--straight, no irony chaser. These sorrowful, brutish, hell-bent songs pick up a narrative thread that's too long been left in the dirt.
Genre: Country: Americana
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1. Pearls and Swine
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2. I'm Gonna Lay Down in Front of My Lord
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3. The Demon
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4. What Made Me Kill
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5. Tramp on the Street
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6. I've Been Down a Mighty Long Time
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7. Lie to You
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8. Take This Hammer
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"...one part the Band, one part Tonight’s The Night and several parts sinner’s remorse...Bad Seeds-in-New Orleans noir..."
- Harp Magazine

"Like an alt country Led Zeppelin..."
- MastanMusic Hour

Portland, OR's Drunken Prayer was founded by two southern expatriates: Morgan Geer from Asheville, NC on guitars and Miss Audra of Bristol, TN at the piano and organ. The couple formed the group wood-shedding on a farm in Northern California. Their songs are aggressive and eccentric narratives on a bed of sweet r&b, country and pop structure; what Portland, OR's Willamette Week calls, "...brooding ballads and Cash-esque country morbidity." Familiar territory, mainstream it is not.

Morgan Geer has a comfortable and naturally charismatic stage presence. He's been around the stage all his life. Raised by his mother, a New Orleans folk singer, he elaborates, “My earliest memory is of playing in a sandbox at her feet during a taping of one of her sets on Louisiana Public TV.” In the year 2000 Bloodshot Records released a single by a country punk trio in gold leather suits, touring in a ’78 Cadillac hearse out of Asheville, NC. Geer’s Unholy Trio also featured current members of Freakwater and the Reigning Sound.

Miss Audra is a classically trained concert pianist who began her music career when she was 3 in her father’s Southern Baptist church in Bristol, TN. Her vast musical background includes musical theater, southern gospel and experimental electronica, once opening for modern r&b divas TLC with her Atlanta, GA group Drums and Effects. Audra is also a prolific visual artist, creating abstract and impressionistic multi-media pieces. When she was little, Audra taught clogging at Dollywood in Gatlinburg, TN.


What sets Drunken Prayer apart from their country noir counterparts though, is the sense of exuberance in their delivery. You hear it in their recorded work and on stage; their honest, emotional enthusiasm is palpable and infectious. They have a refreshing, self-deprecating and altogether charming on-stage manner that indicates they are very much at home in their performance.


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I am a person that obsesses and squeezes things until I can't anymore, then I become bored. I haven't done that with this CD. I have listened to it way too many times and when I think I don't wanna listen, I put it back in, and I am happy once again. What makes it even better is that almost any given weekend you can go see them. I love that. I see a lot of bands, Drunken Prayer is currently my favorite and the only show I can get my husband to attend with me. Drunken Prayer = DATE NIGHT! Very good shit!

Roots Music Report


Every now and then it is good to depart from the mainstream and delve into the eclectic. Doing so carries with it a cathartic aspect that is just plain good for the soul.

For just that kind of catharsis, you have got to listen to Drunken Prayer’s new self-titled CD. Mainstream it is not, but it is some awesome, entertaining music... The CD is a fascinating display of contrast. It is rocking, it is solemn. It is gritty; it is ethereal. It is in your face; it is in your heart. It is satiating; but will have you craving more.

The songs contain striking lyrics that sweep over and engulf the listener. Pay close attention to those thoughtful words – some of them are very deep and will challenge you.

Clear, resonant vocals present those magical words that serve to heighten the listening enjoyment. When it is all over, you will want to “Rock the House”.


Thank you for making such an amazing album.
Every single song from start to finish flows together beauitfully. There is never one dull point on the album. Everytime I listen to it I feel like I'm back in an old southern baptist church with wooden pews and the songs that are being played are romantically twisted and a little dark. GREAT JOB!

Mr. Lund

The Lord Came Down
If you don't own this record yet you're seriously blowing it! This is booze soaked soul with a side of eerie southern rock that makes it harder to quit than heroin.

A-Tone Music

Made My Weekend
The songs are captivating, plaintive, genuine and tender and the recording is straight-up - just my style.

bluemimi

worth 15 other cds--deep, eerie, dark, sweet--a party for your head--
This CD is worth about 15 CDs of other bands because it goes so deep and wrings the very blood out of vintage music while it adds eerie new edges and murky colors. It’s like all at once it’s a dangerous party, a bad hangover, and a come-to-Jesus revival. There’s a scary dark intelligence to this stuff. If you’ve ever wondered if headbang could merge with musicianship and still be nasty, check it out. Tramp on the Street is a Southern old time song like you’ve never heard it before—Geer’s rich baritone brings the melodic beauty but makes it sound like the narrator has suffered and is saying quietly, be kind or you might get your ass kicked. And Miss Audra’s voice is so true and unpretentiously strong—when she comes in on Lay Down you just want to cry because it feels like you’ve got all these weird new best friends in your living room. What Made Me Kill is awesome. A lush, freaked out soundtrack creating its own film. It just needs to go on about twice as long.

Fred Mills, Harp Magazine


This Geer boy, he’s bad news.

Bend Source

this is a cd to take home and really listen to
You know how you go to a club,drink a few beers,then think that the music being played is so good you want to buy the group's CD. Once you get it home, it doesn't sound so good and it stays on your shelf. Not so with Drunken Prayer! Once you take this CD home, you will find yourself listening to it over and over. The songs are great, and the music calls out to you to sing along. Don't miss it.



I bought this album because I had heard a song I liked and wanted to know more. Upon receipt, I popped it into the car CD player and have had it in rotation ever since. This album has soul. Not James Brown soul, more along the lines of sitting in a un-airconditioned Baptist church on a Sunday in August. While I am sure my path to Hell is paved not in gold but platinum, I can't help but wonder if on my way to my final desitnation whether or not this album by Drunken Prayer will be playing in the background. If so, that's ok by me. :-)


A Stunning Album
I mean, seriously, I have been listening to it constantly.