The Don't Tell Darlings They'll Fix Your Wagon

29Aug/13Off

Salt For Salt

The Don
As a wise man once said, “The band that plays together…mostly just messes about.” That can certainly be said about The Don’t Tell Darlings. They formed a band, they disbanded, and then they got back together for a weekend in September because they missed each other so much over the summer that they just couldn’t stand it. They rented a house on the Virginia coast and there they took long walks on the beach, played pregnant pirate mini-golf, ate coconut cake for breakfast, put away some fine malt whiskey, learned how to do kung fu high-kicks, and “laid down a few tracks.” This album is an accidental but delicious product of that weekend, including savory tracks they just couldn’t fit on Sugar for Sugar or hadn’t written or learned yet by then but didn’t want to lose when the band scattered to the four corners. Opening and closing with a couple Miss Millie originals, it includes the usual mix of the long-loved and the never-heard-before, from old-time to gospel to jugband swing, with visits to Johnny Cash and Loretta Lynn in between. Sometimes it’s sugar for sugar, honeybabe, and sometimes it’s salt for salt…

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Camilla Ammirati: Vocals, Banjo, High Kicks
Megan Rose Orwig: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Belly Laughs
Lew Burrus: Bass, Ground Control
Liam "Old Man" Kelly: Fiddle, Resonator Guitar, Additional High Kicks

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"Never Saw Nothin", "Guess That's Why": Camilla Ammirati
"I Was There When It Happened": R.D. Jones, PEERMUSIC LTD.
"Every Humble Knee Surely Must Bow", "Hop High": Traditional
"Fifty Miles of Elbow Room": A.P. Carter, PEER INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
"She's a Rounder": G. Harbert
"Honky Tonk Girl": Loretta Lynn, SURE - FIRE MUSIC COMPANY
"I've Endured": Ola and David Reed, MIDSTREAM MUSIC

Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered by Liam P Kelly
Photo by Liam P Kelly

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