Saturday, November 14, 2009

The Happy Talk Band - 2004 - Total Death Benefit

The Crescent City’s Happy Talk Band formed in 2000 and then reformed in Post-Katrina New Orleans in 2005. The new incarnation consists of Bailey Smith and Alex McMurray on guitars, Steve Calandra on bass, Mike Andrepont on drums, Casey McAllister on banjo and keys, and songwriter Luke Allen singing and playing a twenty-five dollar nylon string acoustic guitar. Allen’s songs are a series of eulogies and apologies set to the uncompromising rhythm of a drunken Decatur Street crawl. The Happy Talk Band has been named Best Roots Rock Band in New Orleans by the Big Easy Foundation and Gambit Magazine for the years 2007 and 2008.

2004 - Total Death Benefit

Track Listing:

1. Ash Wednesday
2. When I Sing About You
3. Forget Me Not
4. Time Share
5. Pacific Coast Time
6. Apple Core
7. Nativity
8. Cactus Tree
9. Bank Robber's Waltz
10. Little Dustin
11. I'm Not Surprised
12. Fireworks Show

This album was sent to me by a new friend of mine, who was once a native here in New Orleans, but thanks to that dreadful storm a few years ago, was forced to relocate.  Thanks DEVILDOWNINGA!

Forget Me Not

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