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CD Review from St. Louis

Posted by curtiseller on Tuesday, August 19, 2008

(Here's a nice CD review that turned up in a St. Louis paper last weeK)


Curtis Eller touts himself as "New York's angriest yodeling banjo player," which is like claiming to be the funniest Tuvan throat singer in Tallahassee. He's got the market cornered, all right, but he's less angry than voracious about the old-time American history (in style and song) he plunders. On this year's Wirewalkers and Assassins, the circus-trained juggler and acrobat plucks and plinks over dark visions of the American South, pre-execution prayers, faux-proletarian arsonist fantasies and a heady, obsessive matrix of conspiracy theories. But even as he bumps up against the musical limits of vaudevillian hokum — some slick slide guitar and country-soul-sister backing vocals save him — he spins his yarns with unfettered imagination and affection. Eller's lexicon is rough, wide and impervious to irony.

Roy Kasten--Riverfront Times
St. Louis, MO

3 comments on “CD Review from St. Louis”

PaulKirby Says:
Tuesday, August 19, 2008 @8:24:39 AM

Congrats, Curtis! You rock.

Gareth Banjoland Says:
Tuesday, August 19, 2008 @8:51:55 AM

Great review Curtis , well done. Have you been in Hungary lately? We just played the giant Sziget Festival in Budapest and some people were talking about you... cheers Gareth

pauwac Says:
Wednesday, August 20, 2008 @6:29:49 AM

Come to Chicago! 

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