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Confessions

by JD and the Longfellows

Debauched, depraved, drunken, disaster songs from us to you - if you mix your women like you mix your drink the end is just the same..
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Lenny
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2. Another Drink, Another Round, Another Bar, Another Town
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3. Drink to the Summer
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4. Seventh Bullet
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5. Another Glass of Whiskey
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6. Jamaican Rum
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7. Holiday to the Sun
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8. The Sermon
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9. Wedding of the Year
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10. Why?
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11. You bet you are!
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12. Thunderstorm
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13. Women and Alcohol
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14. Duncan
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
OK then, here's the history lesson: - JD and the Longfellows came together towards the end of 2005 when members of Fruit Machine Blues, Big Girls Blouse and the Nathan Persad Band, all helped Josh ‘Longfellow’ Davis (ex Macavity's Cat amongst others) record an EP - Summer Drinking.

Members are Clare ‘Shortfellow’ Portman (vox and washboard); Gemma ‘Stringfellow’ Cumming (violin and vox); Nathan Persad ‘Dot Com Fellow’ (vox, lead guitar and harmonica); Malcolm ‘Stickfellow’ Gaynor (drums, vox and album producer) and obviously Josh Davis (yelling and acoustic guitar)!

After a quick poll, they found they were partly English-Canadian-Irish-Scottish-Bajan-Spanish, although Josh refuses to declare his background after some ongoing dispute with the immigration authorities!

The band first performed live in January 2006 and the live act sometimes involves spectacular stunts (when we can think them up), drinking competitions (when we can afford the prices) special guest stars (very large drunken scary men who insist they are friends of the band but no one has ever met) and loads of audience participation (especially those with empty beer glasses and loud voices).

Based in Lewisham, SE London and tending to hang out at Orange & Blue studios, the band have now played a handful of gigs (although at the time of writing we are being booked left, right and centre) and they finally managed to release the new 14-track album 'Confessions' in August (funnily enough recorded at Orange and Blue). Brand new original tracks about such things as drinking, philanders, virgins, adulterers, whiskey, sermons, sadomasochism, nuns, hanging, judges, bigamy, birthday suits, vicars, drugs, holiday nightmares, bishops, the mile high club, lucky bullets, vigilantes, gambling, wedding nightmares, celebrity look-a-likes, unrequited love (not sure how that got in there - Ed!) and plenty more drinking - just a normal day at the office in fact!

Instruments on the album include drums, bass, violin, guitars, piano, trumpets, harmonica, Hammond organ, six-part harmonies, yelling, percussion and most importantly the washboard!

We hope you like it!


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Drinking songs with depth AND humor? Hell Yes!
JD and the Longfellows describe their sound as “renegade folk, drunken country, shit-kickin’ western, psycho-skiffle” and after listening to their CD Confessions, I can’t find anything wrong with that. The first song that I heard (Another Drink, Another Round, Another Bar, Another Town) sent visions through my mind of people swinging, arms entwined, in drunken circles, with beer sloshing from their tankards. I quite liked this image, and so I searched out more.

After listening as much as I could from their MySpace page, and on Shite ‘n’ Onions (at Live365 ), I gave in, spent the $12.97 and bought the CD. I am so happy that I did. I have played this CD nearly every day since I received it from CD Baby and enjoyed every minute of it. There’s no denying that this is drinking music (and who’d want to deny it?), but it’s much richer, with more depth than your usual drinking songs. The band has a unique and instantly recognizable sound, and yet the variety within that sound is astounding, especially when you consider that this is the band’s first CD.

For instance, the opening song Lenny sounds like country music would, if country music were actually good. And while I can’t explain it, I swear the horns in Another Drink sounds like mariachi. I also detected a hint of the Cure from time to time

Josh Davis’ vocals change from song to song as well. In Jamaican Rum and Why his smooth tone flows well with Clare Portman and Gemma Cumming’s back up vocals. In Another Drink and Wedding of the Year his voice switches to deep and growling, which contrasts nicely with the girls’ sweeter, higher vocals.

One of the many great things about this album is the humor woven throughout. Such as it can be difficult to tell if they really like tropical islands, or just the unscheduled in-flight entertainment (Jamaican Rum). It’s not so much what is said, as how it’s said. Listening very carefully is an absolute must, and the opening and closing lines of Holiday to the Sun are well worth the effort.

The subject matter runs the gamut between getting scammed out of your plane tickets, wedding nightmares or nightmarish weddings, and joining the mile high club. My personal current favorite Another Glass of Whiskey makes some very good points about the merits of whiskey over those of a whining girlfriend. Thunderstorm is also quite an entertaining song, involving an angry husband, a shotgun, and a pair of socks.

Confessions has it all! Humor: “Now this is an old, old basic drinking song that I’ve only just written” Pick-up Lines: “I’ll show you that my pencil’s full of lead” even Helpful Household Hints: “If you mix your women like you mix your drink, well the end is just the same”.

Final Verdict: A fun CD, great without paying attention to the words- unbelievably excellent if you do. Buy the CD, you’ll be glad that you did.

Mike Carney

JD and the Longfellows
This group is outstanding! If you ever want to listen to music that makes you pumped up and crack up at the same time, this is it. It's high energy and when you start catching up with the lyrics, well...their priceless.

MC