Devil In A Woodpile
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It is the music of back porches on hot summer nights, staring down a baking section of dirt road, and of getting crocked on the homemade stuff. It's all here.
On their debut CD, Devil In A Woodpile cooks up a sound that transcends the notions of time or critical delineation. This is ur-music (man, I've been waitin' since I graduated from college to pull that reference out). It is blues, it is ragtime, it is country presented in its primal, pre-war--we're talkin' the one against the Kaiser, folks--acoustic glory. Music from a time when there weren't any genres, formats, or specialty sections in record stores. It is the music of back porches on hot summer nights, staring down a baking section of dirt road, and of getting crocked on the homemade stuff. It's all here.
Recorded mostly live in the studio, on Division Street in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood, Devil's self-titled debut captured the energy, joy and casual, hip-flask vibe they honed at the Hideout on Tuesday nights. The sources range from the known (Ray Charles "I Got A Woman", Sonny Boy Williamson "Whiskey Headed Blues," Bob Wills "Steel Guitar Rag") to the lesser known like Sonny Terry, Big Bill Broonzy, to the WAY unknown like Tampa Red ("Boogie Woogie Dance"), Washboard Sam ("Easy Ridin' Mama") and Blind Boy Fuller ("Stranger Here"). There's even a couple originals ("Can't Wait, "Cooker Man Chug") that would not be out of place on the strange and wonderful juke box in the parallel universe the boys in Devil hang out in.
This disc lovingly recreates the sounds of the birth of virtually all roots music in America--stuff pilfered repeatedly down the years by just about everyone who claimed to have "invented" some sort of music.
I Got A Woman
Keep On Drinkin'
Whiskey Headed Blues