Slaughter Mountain 2006

"One of the most interesting CDs I've ever heard... This record embraces lo-fi, produced in such a way that the warts make the picture. Clean up this record and all will be lost. A loss indeed. ... and HELP is nothing short of brilliant." Fran Snyder - www.concertsinyourhome.com


"I find myself ... wanting to cry and laugh all at once, from joy, sorrow, and wonder. If you can't afford a therapist ... listen to this CD." Natalie Flowers

"... with a fresh coat of paint, a few Slaughter Mountain tracks could cross over, into triple-A, mainstream country, or rock, especially COAL FEVER ...a monumental opus. Anthony Mariani, Fort Worth Weekly

"Taylor molds the high-mileage engines and barking dogs of day-to-day hard times into a collection of songs rich with simple melodies that perfectly fit his rugged, well-worn voice." BeJae Flemming

"...an album of peculiar contradictions. Not many albums draw as much from Queen as they do Woody Guthrie but part of Taylor’s appeal is his eclecticism and his originality and, on those points alone, this man deserves an audience. Whether that audience will be slumped on a barstool or queuing up outside Carnegie Hall is yet to be seen." Robin Cracknell, Americana UK

 

SLAUGHTER MOUNTAIN - JAMES MICHAEL TAYLOR

1. BIG FAT HORSE #
2. HOEDOWN
3. PROLOGUE
4. CALIFORNIA CHRISTMAS MEMORIES
5. DIAMONDS AND WATER
6. FRUSTRATED ARTIST
7. COAL FEVER
8. LISA MAKES APPOINTMENTS
9. HICKORY STIX*
10. SUNLIGHT ON SPIDER WEBS
11. HELP
12. OH, JIMMY!
13. SLAUGHTER MOUNTAIN
14. I'M STILL HERE
15. LULLABY
16. EPILOG

 

SLAUGHTER MOUNTAIN is not a name on a sign at the edge of any town or at the base of any mountain that I can show you on a map. But I can show you the creek into which my mother said she emptied her tubercular mother's spit bucket and I can show you the sealed entrance to the mine where my grandfather, Fred Teeters, breathed the dust that destroyed his lungs. I can show you the mislabeled grave stones that mark their resting place. I can show you the cave my mother played in with her friends, now a national monument. I can show you the factory that makes the hickory handles. I can show you the river where someone's little brother was swept away that day and I can show you a picture in a yearbook of a girl named Marie Angel. I can show you sunlight on spider webs and I can show you a bale of cotton. The same five hundred pound bale of cotton that scabbed human hands picked for three dollars. I can show you the grave of those who demanded one dollar for each hundred pounds. I can show you the berries on the fence at the end of the trail and I can show you the same sun that sat on that mountain. jmt

All songs by James Michael Taylor except * by JMT & Lisa Aschmann and # traditional arranged by JMT.