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Karl Straub and Eric Brace
Trad. arr. by Karl Straub and Eric Brace

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Karl-- I wanted to play this old song in the guitar style of Norman Blake, more or less. Eric couldn't think of a downside to that approach, so we laid it down like that. It felt really good when we were cutting this-- it had that stately tintype quality that Blake can coax out of a steel-string's sound hole.

Karl Straub
written by Karl Straub

Story

I was going for a kind of Lefty Frizzell vocal on this-- There are tons of singers I love, and I've borrowed from quite a few, but Lefty remains one of my main inspirations. When we did this at the Hangtown show in Nashville, I was pretty nervous-- but as soon as I heard my voice in the monitors, I knew it was going to be ok because it sounded sorta like Lefty. This is one of the few times I got to play a Telecaster on the Hangtown album. I love Pat McInerney's drumming on this. Killer fiddle too, by

Kelly Willis
written by Karl Straub

Story

When Eric and I originally cut this in Bb, I spent a ridiculously long time trying to improvise the guitar solo. Jared finally just edited together about 16 different takes, for a composite version that made me sound better than I really was. i don't recall if we even knew Kelly Willis was going to sing it when we first recorded it, but we eventually pitched it down to G for Kelly, and then I had to recut the guitar solo in the new key. This time I just learned the composite version and nailed it in a couple takes. (Lest this appear to be an uncontrolled bragfest, I bungled it at the Nashville show, even though I'd practiced it endlessly. Eugene Chadbourne would probably interpret this as a parable about the dangers of excessive rehearsal.)