Skeletons is a 7-song E.P. offering brand-new material from the band. Right on the heels of the release of their album Escalator, it features guests: Jimbo Mathus (mandolin, harmonica, guitar), Ericson Holt (organ & Wurlitzer), and Eamon McCloughlin (strings).
Produced and engineered by Dave Coleman, Skeletons is a roots rock/power pop album with heart, guts, and energy. The band tracked all the songs live in one day, and vocals were recorded in their southernmost home of Key West, FL.
While on tour with the Tri-State Coalition, Jimbo added some of his Mississippi Catfish harmonica and mandolin to "Half the Price," a booking bar room shuffle that rebukes the predatory bar fly. Boogie Woogie piano master, Ericson Holt, gave tasteful keyboard work to "Heartfelt" and "So Easy" (wry post-exit relationship songs).
"Dog Won't Hunt" features Coleman on an amped up acoustic through a fuzzed out Vox amplifier. Eamon McCloughlin adds gorgeous strings to the groove heavy song about devotion to marriage.
All seven songs feature the powerful rhythm section of Dave Ray on a 1968 Slingerland drum set and Paul Slivka with his vintage Gibson Les Paul recording bass (oh so many switches).
released October 8, 2013
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All songs written by Dave Coleman, Four Minor Music (SESAC)
1. Dog Won't Hunt - D.C.
2. Heartfelt - D.C. & Dave Ray, Raydar Music (SESAC)
3. Half the Price - D.C.
4. Homesick - D.C. & D.R.
5. Never Been Good - D.C. & Will Holland, Don't Mess w/ Holland (ASCAP)
6. So Easy - D.C. & D.R.
7. Cough Drop - D.C.
The Coal Men:
Dave Coleman - vocals, standard, baritone, acoustic, pedal steel guitar, farfiza
Dave Ray - drums, vocals
Paul Slivka - bass guitar
Jimbo Mathus - high acoustic guitar 1, mandolin. harmonica 3
Eamon McLoughlin - violin, viola 1
Ericson Holt - organ 2, Wurlitzer 6
Produced by Dave Coleman
Tracking recorded by Dave Coleman at Howard's Apartment, East Nashville, TN
Overdubs recorded at The Hog's Breath band houses, Key West, FL
Mixed by Lij Shaw at the Toy Box, East Nashville, TN
Mastered by Alex McCollough at Yes Master, Nashville, TN