Frank Fairfield Duncan And Brady on 7" Vinyl
Third Man Records' first Blue Series single of 2014 is a dark and delirious slice of new American Primitive from the modern master of the from, Frank Fairfield. For the uninitiated, Fairfield is a Fresno, CA native and a genius on the fiddle, guitar, and banjo. He also possesses a broken soulful voice which perfectly reflects the tragedy and damnation of the subject matter reflected in the timeless American music that he's made his stock and trade through his albums on Tompkins Square, and through countless tours from coast to coast.
On side-A Fairfield delivers his unique take on the traditional murder ballad "Duncan & Brady," which details a barroom shooting of police officer James Brady in St. Louis back in 1890. The song has been interpreted a number of times over the years from a wide range of luminaries, including Leadbelly, Bob Dylan, Dave Van Ronk and Judy Henske.
The B-side finds the multi-instrumentalist switching up from the guitar to the fiddle and being accompanied by Zac Sokolow also on fiddle performing "Devil’s Dream Medley." The song blends the duo's fiddles with vocal elements from the song "June Apple," popularized by Wade Ward and Doc Watson.
Frank Fairfield Duncan And Brady Track Listing:
A1. Duncan & Brady
B1. Devil's Dream Medley