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Too Poor To Die

by Red Clay River

The sounds of ghosts, moonshine and poor souls. Red Clay River incorporates Applachian, Southern Gothic and Delta Blues into an energetic mix of foot-stompin' and hollerin' out for salvation.
Genre: Folk: Appalachian Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Rattlesnake Mountain
2:56 $0.99
2. Made Me Do It
3:06 $0.99
3. Satisfied
3:16 $0.99
4. River Bend
3:52 $0.99
5. Spiritual
4:24 $0.99
6. We Don't Like No Company Men
4:24 $0.99
7. People's War
5:58 $0.99
8. Moonshiner
1:58 $0.99
9. Too Poor to Die
6:34 $0.99
10. Never Able to Rest
4:33 $0.99
11. Coffin Hollow
3:04 $0.99
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Album Notes
Born in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with one foot in heaven and one in hell, as is the life here. Saints and sinners. The songs come from the spirits of this old ground, and our blood seeps back into it. For those of us who walk these ridges with desperation in our hearts and alcohol on our breath, it makes sense to us. It is our penance to live this way. The moonshine, labor, pine trees, and glorious heritage of music will keep us sane at least till tomorrow. Down by the river, winkin at the shadows and standin in the water. Red Clay River has seemed to have found a trail that leads toward town. But then again, maybe there is no way out of this, unless it includes the footstomps that keep time with the banjo's skin. Red Clay is keeping the sounds of ghosts riding through the holler on their four-board pine coffins. And these two boys are comin for you boy, they're comin for you...



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per dalgaard hansen

GREAT cd,listen to RATTLTSNAKE MOUNTAIN then you`ve just got to get this cd.

kevin o'connor

I got the cd very quick ,its a awesome cd thanks

Joshua J Bonk

i'm so glad i stumbled upon this. i love this cd

Bluesbunny Editor

Bluesgrass beauty
There must be something - something pleasant - in the Virginia air these days. Maybe the James River has turned to whiskey, maybe the blue crabs have returned to Chesapeake Bay. Roanoke residents Aaron Parker and Daniel Bivins - collectively known as Red Clay River - invite us over through an album immersed in Virginian history, dark like soil and strong like 101 proof corn whiskey.

"Rattlesnake Mountain" doesn't sound like the most welcoming opener. Neither it should. A good sign of a band's quality is when you struggle to differentiate between their own compositions and their interpretations of traditional Appalachian folk songs. "We Don't Like No Company Men" - curdling with Southern Gothic simplicity and spit - stands up pretty well against traditional folk standards like "Satisfied". Daniel Bivins' whiskeyed drone is exactly as you would imagine a porch musician. No voice coaches here, this is strictly from the heart. Exactly what you want from a bluegrass album.

This album has a steady flow. Imagine yourself floating on a barge down a narrow brook, miasmal forestry and the distant howls of the wildlife and the swamp musicians on either side of you. From beginning to end, this album plays like a free-flowin' waterway. Let the liquour flow!

For bluegrass enthusiasts, this album is a must have. The duo incorporate a truly menacing value into their music, and the album is all the better for it.


the stench of coalmine dust!!
I can't recommend this cd enough because every now & then an album comes along & hits you in the back of the throat like a swig of corn whiskey & this hillbilly blues with a tinge of gospel cd which is drenched in resonater & banjo's is just awesome, a virginian gem of an album that's not to be missed !!!


Still Runnin Shine
Eyes wide open,,,,,,,,, oll nick GOOD JOB