Wednesday, May 10, 2006

White Ghost Shivers - Everyone's Got 'Em

I first saw the White Ghost Shivers last fall when they opened for Split Lip Rayfield here in Lawrence, which I believe was their first trip this far up I-35. I missed a return trip 'cause it was an early show, but I made it to this show and I bought their latest CD, which is something like two weeks old.

I like this album very much. I can't say how it compares to the first studio disc or the live radio album, but it's a transfixing listen. The songs are familiar, more familiar than seeing two shows should make them. Their style is very '20s revivalism, and several of the songs seem like old standards, even though the liner notes seems to indicate they're all originals. (Unlike their name sake song which is an old standard.) The mix of string band and hot jazz instrumentation leads to a compelling mélange of styles: hot jazz, hokum, blues, and hillbilly music, I think the show poster read.

The record plays something like a concert, with the first track introducing the band and the last listed track wrapping it up, followed by the encore of the hidden track. I'm including the first track, a nice introduction to the band. I believe they started their show off with this one.

The White Ghost Shivers - Everyone's Got 'Em.mp3

From Chicken Ranch Records


bigrockcandymountain said...

Thanks for the heads up on the Wanda Jackson show. Didn't know yr blog was out there, but i've added you to my links. Cheers.

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog via link from Big Rock.
Great idea for a blog and I look forward to your posts.
If I may be so bold to offer a few suggestions for posts, how about the Gin Palace Jesters, Pupy Costello, The Dalhart Imperials or The The Railbenders.
One other band to check out is the Wrinkle Neck Mules.
Aren't the Black Ale Sinners from your neck of the woods. I bought their cd awhile back.
Good Luck with the blog,

Joel @ Postmodern Sounds said...

I'll think about the suggestions. I don't own anything by any of them right now. I'll check out Pupy Costello and The Dalhart Imperials. The Black Ale Sinners have been high on my wish list and the others are on may radar screen, so maybe sometime in the future.