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Monday, October 26, 2009


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Banjo player and singer Curtis Eller has a distinctly leftfield slant to his brand of Americana. He sings of presidents, Jack Ruby and Elvis to a stripped down folk sound.
"John Wilkes Booth (Don't Make Us Beg)" is a merry toe tapping tribute to the presidential assassin. Eller has an acid tongue and an eye for the absurd. "Sugar For the Horses" is no less special, a catchy song that references Elvis and has a great backing vocal by Liisa Yonker. "The Curse of Cain" is a song with a heavy heart that speaks of Booth again and somehow sounds sad. "Abraham Lincoln Had It Coming" notes Booth in the song. I think Eller is after a comparison with today's America and not liking what he sees. He pens a loving tribute to his won daughter in between all this and ends the album by wanting to be saved by the boxer Joe Louis. The wayward and elusive Eller seems like he wants to make an exceptional album and he just has.

1. After the Soil Fails
2. John Wilkes Booth (Don't Make Us Beg)
3. Hartford Circus Fire, 1944
4. Sugar for the Horses
5. The Curse of Cain
6. Sweatshop Fire
7. Plea of the Aerialist's Wife
9. Daisy Josephine
9. Firing Squad
10. Save Me Joe Louis


Curtis Eller said...

More information about Curtis Eller's American Circus is available online here:


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Please help support a yodeling banjo player in these dark times.

Mr Moodswings said...

I'm actually about ordered all your available material from your webstite... ;)

A question: I saw your first album wasn't available for sale anymore. Is there anyway to get my hands on it?

Anonymous said...

super plaisant, la voix (je ne sais pourquoi) me fait penser à John Butler
allez comprendre !
n' empeche, merci pour la decouverte

Mr Moodswings said...

Je vais te croire mais comme je connais très mal John Butler, je n'ai pas vraiment de point de comparaison...
D'autres Curtis Eller à venir.. ;)