While the Falling Fences album is a gem from start to finish, the opening cut, “Shot to the Devil,” is likely to attract the most attention. That’s because there really aren’t that many 7-minute acoustic folk-based songs with this much attention to melodic and lyrical detail which don’t stretch out time via jam-band improvisation. As always, the music is focused and precisely crafted. Opening with a pace suitable for a jig, the song slows down twice to a dirge pace, before shifting into an entirely different melody on the back end. The devil is fought and a girl is lost across time and space (and two songs later, is recalled again as we learn the ship and the girl have the same name). And the band smokes hard along the way.
- Steve Pick, host of Sound Salvation on KDHX
Hails from Kirkwood, MO. Without Fences, you can find Joe driving down Peola for the banks of the Black River.
Hails from Cincinnati, OH. Without Fences, you can find Sean on Wednesdays in Sean Canan's Voodoo Players at the Broadway Oyster Bar.
Dr. Johnny Harms can be found taking care of stray cats and singing in barbershop quartets although he doesn't cut his hair.
"St. Louis is known for its hearty Irish and Americana music scenes, but no group in town bridges the gap like Falling Fences. The veteran musicians have been holding down a weekly residency at the legendary McGurk's Irish Pub for over six years, honing their highly original take on chanteys, ballads, rousing sing-alongs and daring instrumental flights. This isn't quaint acoustic music; this is acoustic music with guts and chops to burn." - Roy Kasten, host of Feel Like Going Home on 88.1, KDHX
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