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Sackcloth 'n' Ashes
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Album: Sackcloth 'n' Ashes
# Song Title   Time
1)    I Seen What I Saw More Info... 0:03
2)    Black Soul Choir More Info... 0:04
3)    Scrawled in Sap More Info... 0:02
4)    Horse Head More Info... 0:03
5)    Ruthie Lingle More Info... 0:02
6)    Harm's Way More Info... 0:03
7)    Black Bush More Info... 0:03
8)    Heel On the Shovel More Info... 0:03
9)    American Wheeze More Info... 0:03
10)    Red Neck Reel More Info... 0:02
11)    Prison Shoe Romp More Info... 0:03
12)    Neck On the New Blade More Info... 0:03
13)    Strong Man More Info... 0:04
 

Album: Sackcloth 'n' Ashes
# Song Title   Time
1)    I Seen What I Saw More Info... 0:03
2)    Black Soul Choir More Info... 0:04
3)    Scrawled in Sap More Info... 0:02
4)    Horse Head More Info... 0:03
5)    Ruthie Lingle More Info... 0:02
6)    Harm's Way More Info... 0:03
7)    Black Bush More Info... 0:03
8)    Heel On the Shovel More Info... 0:03
9)    American Wheeze More Info... 0:03
10)    Red Neck Reel More Info... 0:02
11)    Prison Shoe Romp More Info... 0:03
12)    Neck On the New Blade More Info... 0:03
13)    Strong Man More Info... 0:04
 
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  • 16 Horsepower: David Eugene Edwards (vocals, guitar, banjo, bandoneon, lap steel); Keven Soll (acoustic bass, cello, background vocals); Jean-Yves Tola (drums, background vocals).
  • Additional personnel: Gordon Gano (fiddle).
  • Recorded at Ardent Studios, Memphis, Tennessee.
  • On SACKCLOTH 'N' ASHES, 16 Horsepower wade through a murky world of old-time sin and redemption. The band creates a distinctive hillbilly-gothic sound with the help of various vintage and handmade instruments, and songwriter David Eugene Edwards' haunted, atonal vocals. Edwards--who plays, among other things, the bandoneon (an early twentieth century accordion) and the banjo--is backed by the military-style drumming of Jean-Yves Tola, and Keven Soll on a flat-top, acoustic bass. The musical result is one part country, two parts Julee Cruise--particularly on songs such as "Horse Head," which features Edwards' voice in a desolate, lo-fi guise, sounding like a keening Tom Waits in hillbilly country. Thematically, this is darkly religious territory, full of death-related imagery and stern spirituality, set against a finely tuned, grim sense of drama. 16 Horsepower seem to hail from a long-ago era, with a horse-and-buggy vernacular that includes lines like these from "Black Bush": "These are the great dust bowl days/Just take a gander round ya/Everything in a wicked haze."
Professional Reviews
Q (5/97, p.128) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...It's edgy stuff, carved in religious phraseology with God-fearing lyrics to match. A dangerously infectious view of the world."

Option (7-8/96, p.131) - "...this trio's got its country blues down stone cold."
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