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With a library of original material from five different writers, the Bobtown sound doesn’t easily fit into one genre. It certainly falls under the umbrella of folk/roots music, but often incorporates other styles as well. Their material features elements of country, pop, R&B, bluegrass, rock, gospel and field hollers, but the group is most widely recognized for its strong emphasis on vocal arrangements and harmony.
On this album:
1. Across the River (3:11) – The sound of angels. Appropriate,
considering the subject matter.
2. The Girl in Blue (2:55) – Up-tempo banjo-burner based on the mysterious death of Josephine Klimczak.
3. Morning Sun (3:33) – Ram Dass-influenced, outlaw ballad.
4. Rumble Seat (3:48) – We don’t know what small town John Cougar Mellencamp is singing about. It sure isn’t this one.
5. A History of Ghosts (4:00) – Western themes and post-punk references ask the question, why do bad things happen to good people?
6. Darlin’ (3:07) – A waltz so country we had to leave the “g” off the title.
7. Our Lady of Guadalupe Street (4:32) – Dios mio! A tango about a south-of-the- border witch.
8. Fosse Grim (4:07) – Folk/Americana and folk/Scandinavia mix in a haunting tune about a misunderstood, violin-playing water nymph.
9. Kentucky Graveyard (3:12) – You’ve been to Disneyland, right? Now image if they built the Haunted Mansion on Tom Sawyer’s Island.
10. Oh, Undertaker (3:37) – Story of a woman who meets an undertaker and finds him to be, ahem, stiff.
11. Stitch in Time (3:50) – Outdoor festival-ready, banjo-rocking anthem that leaves the listener wondering…what will the world write on my tombstone?