from Larry Brown "ON FIRE":
"I've just been out in the gloam with my cousin. We've been riding around drinking a few beers, what my mama used to call "acting ugly". If you don't know what the gloam is, you can find out by reading some James Street ... he knew what it felt like when the sun went down and left about an hour of light before dark. It's the best time to ride around and listen to some music. Run over snakes. We try to do it several times a week in the summer. A man's got to have a bro to run with sometimes."
One day I was studying a discarded library book I found called American Ballads & Folk Songs by Alan Lomax and decided to start recording songs out of the book. I hollered at some of my friends to help me cook up a batch of Mississippi music for your ears and brain to enjoy. This record picks up where my last group, Taylor Grocery Band, left off, delivering a greasy batch of catfish music directly to your soul. Over a few cold tallboys, the project Hallelujah Bums was formed with friend, drummer, and bandmate Ted Gainey. We asked Chalmers Davis from Little Richard's band to play organ, Carl Massengale (from the Revelators and the Holy Rollers) and Mark Bilyeu (from Big Smith) to sing sweet harmonies, Robert Chaffe from Kudzu Kings & Rocket 88) to tickle the ivories, Max Williams from George McConnell & the Nonchalants to pick a little guitar and slide, and Jeff Callaway from Oxford's music scene to blow his horns. A southern patchwork of hobo hymns, worldly reels, and badmen breakdowns, this record sounds best riding backroads during the gloam with cold tallboys in tow. I tried to conjure the spirit of a different Mississippi hero for each song, such as Rose Hemphill on "Bullyin Well", friend Ed Dye on "Shortnin Bread" & "Liza Jane", Jim Dickinson on "KC Jones," Othar Turner on "John Henry," and True Loving Five on "Tone Them Bells."
I started Hill Country Records with the goal of releasing recordings from my home state that I love so much. This recording is a tribute to Mississippi, the birthplace of so many of the world's musical giants.
Thank you for your support and Pass the Catfish !!
Justin Showah – Hill Country Records, Water Valley, Mississippi USA
February 19, 2013