Ghost Dance

Ghost Dance

by The Pine Hill HaintsThe Pine Hill Haints

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Overview

Had the Haints (Southern lingo for "ghosts") formed several decades earlier, their hybridized rockabilly tunes might've found a home on the Sun Records roster. Ghost Dance doesn't boast the sexual energy that made the Sun label such a force in early rock & roll, but it still strikes the same down-home sweet spot that inspires audiences to shake their hips and wistfully dream of Dixie life. With a solid, semi-rasped voice, frontman Jamie Barrier leads his bandmates through 20 servings of spooky Southern hospitality, from old reworked blues tunes ("St. Louis Blues") and rhythmic shuffles ("For Every Glass That's Empty") to the lonely banjo-led strains of "Ol' White Thang Blues." For a band so obsessed with prowling ghosts and screaming banshees, the Pine Hill Haints sound remarkably lively as they scrape washboards, bang snare drums, and occasionally max out their cheap microphones. One gets the impression that the bandmates don't fear their spooky subjects as much as view them as part of the South's culture, as integral to the region as bluegrass and soul food. Hauntings and heartache can make strange bedfellows, but the Haints somehow make the combination work, sandwiching songs like "I Never Thought the Day Would Come When You Could Hate Me So Dearly" (a rollicking country-rock number, and perhaps the best track on the disc) in between the supernatural fare. Ghost Dance's song are short and concise, rarely stretching past the two-and-a-half-minute mark, and bridges are abandoned in favor of tight verse/chorus packages. The result is certainly evocative of the South -- of tin-roofed shacks, cotton fields, and haunted crossroads -- but it also suggests an earlier era of rock & roll, one in which the "roll" was prized above most everything else.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/06/2007
Label: K. Records
UPC: 0789856118625
catalogNumber: 186
Rank: 109577

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pine Hill Haints   Primary Artist
Willie Jones   Bodhran
Bradley Williams   Washtub Bass
Matt Bakula   Banjo,Washtub Bass,Group Member
Jamie Barrier   Fiddle,Guitar,Tenor Banjo,Group Member
Katie Barrier   Mandolin,Washboard,Saw,Group Member
Ben Rhyne   Snare Drums,Rattle,Group Member
Natalia Beylis   Mandolin
Jeremy Dale Henderson   Snare Drums
Willie Jones   Bodhran
Dee Kirwan   Vocals
Perrine Pericart   Flute
Mike Posey   Accordion
Danny Spurr   Banjo
Jeremy Dale Henderson   Snare Drums

Technical Credits

Calvin Johnson   Producer,Audio Production
Traditional   Composer
Lynn Bridges   Producer,Audio Production
Jamie Barrier   Producer,Illustrations
Katie Barrier   Producer,Illustrations
Danny Spurr   Producer,Audio Production
Katie   Audio Production
Jamie   Audio Production

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