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  1. Curse of Canaanville
  2. Cold Front Blues
  3. 1933 (Great Depression)
  4. At Least We Have Each Other
  5. Adeline of the Appalachian Mountains
  6. Red Lake Shore
  7. Mountain Child
  8. New Growth
  9. Summer and Her Ferris Wheel
  10. Ruthie

"Penitent and persevering, rowdy and reverent, SEE’s gurgling Wurlitzers and Delta-bound rass rile rustic ruckus for relapsed travails, electrified revivalists fronting frontier racketeers, recasting tragic burdens into grizzled, gratifying honky-tonk” – Maximum Ink

"Canary is a true find from a band that's quietly created one of the most powerful albums of the year." --All Music

"SEE’s brilliant new album Canary tells the stories of a single Appalachian family holding on through the violent deprivations of the Great Depression. While it just as easily could have been recorded six decades ago, it is replete with ghostly resonances to our contemporary lives." -- NPR

“You like The Band? Wilco? Okkervil River? Well if you like them, chances are you’ll dig Southeast Engine…It’s one of the best roots-rock albums of 2011 so far.” – Bruce Warren, WXPN, NPR

“A complete work, best enjoyed in it’s entirety…Canary may be the best album I’ve heard so far this year…It’s beautiful lyrically, and is varied enough to keep you coming back for more” – HearYa

Misra Records SOUTHEAST ENGINE -- "Canary"

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Great records transport us immediately to a different place and time.  When we hear Exile On Main Street, we immediately become denizens of the glorious, desiccated South of France that incubated its genius. To listen to Canary is to be a part of the Appalachian experience, both past and present. The remarkable authenticity of writing and execution leaves no doubt as to the source of its profound emotional core.

Like The Band, whose retelling of the traumas of the Civil War and Reconstruction eras helped shine a mirror on the violence of the Vietnam era, SEE has created a record that elucidates our present by referencing our past.

The detailed narratives and character studies of Canary are replete with enormous sadness, humor and acuity. SEE has transcended the trite conventions of protest music, alluding instead to something deeper, more personal and ultimately more affecting. The injustices experienced by the economically and politically disenfranchised in our society, is a long story, and one seemingly without end. As with later manufacturing hubs like Rochester and Detroit, the end of industry promises slow death for the community itself. In kind, the characters rendered on Canary are functionally expendable by the very same society they once embodied and enriched.

Despite it all, Canary is a hopeful album – filled with great barrelhouse melodies and brief musical nods to the 1930s era it embodies and describes, a touch reminiscent of Willie Nelson’s brilliant Red Headed Stranger. As anyone who has ever experienced real, insoluble poverty knows, there is no glamour. There is only suffering, striving and the desperate hope that hard work will lead to a better life.

No record in recent memory has better articulated these themes than Southeast Engine’s Canary.

For some bio information on Southeast Engine, go HERE.

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