This is classic blues with a darkly humorous side. Pailface isn't from the Delta, but you can still get the blues living comfortably in the San Fernando Valley, and growing up in Northeastern Ohio can leave scars on your very soul.
Midget Waterslavsky, one of the more accomplished Yugoslavian blues players, left the monastery just to record this rather short album with his old pal, for old times' sake.
Taking the great Muddy Waters Folk Singer album as a musical and spiritual point of departure, Pailface and Waterslavsky revisit some of their favorite blues motifs, with lyrics a little more relevant to singer/songwriter Pailface's own experience.
MY HOME IS IN THE VALLEY - Many of his favorite blues guys being from the Delta, Pailface thought it was important to point out that he is not.
MY CAPTAIN - Pailface explains how hard the blues can be going to junior high school in Ohio.
STARVING ARTIST BLUES - A song any blues singer can relate to, Pailface laments his position in the food chain.
LOW DOWN SINNER UNREPENTANT BLUES - In this poignant self portrait Pailface explains why is sure to go to hell - and just doesn't care.
AMISH BOY - Pailface explains how hard the blues can be going to junior high school in Ohio, especially when you're Amish.
WARREN - Pailface sings about his home town and why he will never go back there.
Okay, so the songs aren't about being in prison, working on a plantation, or having your woman give you gasoline for whisky. Hey, that's not our experience, and we can only sing honestly about what we know! But this album comes from musicians who love the music of Muddy Waters, and countless other great blues players and singers, and know that there is a lot of humor in the blues. If you love classic blues, you're sure to appreciate and enjoy this record.
Midget Waterslavsky, a.k.a. Miroslav Tadic, was selected by Guitar Player Magazine as "one of the 30 most radical and individual guitarists in the world" for their 30th anniversary issue. His work on this recording is exemplary, featuring some innovative solo passages and truly subtle and sensitive accompaniments. He also did a beautiful job of recording and producing the album, which was recorded in a couple of sessions in his house, mostly in real-time, and features some unusual and intriguing audio techniques.
Pailface is composer/musician Arthur Jarvinen, who has been called by Kyle Gann, new music critic for the Village Voice "one of the subtlest composers of his generation, and one of the most unpredictable" and "thank God...still an aesthetic loose cannon".
Midget Waterslavsky - electric and acoustic guitars
more info on "Midget"/Miroslav Tadic http://aulos.calarts.edu/~snakes
Pailface - all songs, vocals, National steel guitar, guitarron
more info on "Pailface"/Arthur Jarvinen http://www.leisureplanetmusic.com/aj/jarvinen.htm