Is there no pity for the lonely ladies of the American Murder Ballad? Buried in unmarked graves, their ghosts have been called out to in song for more than two centuries. No face, no form, only lonely names – Polly, Sally, Maggie, Eleanor.
The Pine Box Boys are Lester T. Raww- guitar, vocals; Alex “Possum” Carvidi – banjo, vocals; Col. Timothy Leather – bass, and S. “Your Uncle” Dodds – drums. A sinister group of San Franciscans brought together by Arkansas exile (on the run for killin’ an ex-lover no doubt) Lester T. Raww, and they are singers of murder and misery. Oscar Wilde once said “Murder is always a mistake – one should never do anything one cannot talk about after dinner.” The Pine Box Boys didn’t get the memo. They have released two albums to date, 2005’s Arkansas Killing Time and 2006’s Stab!. 27 songs that all end the same way.
“We never wanted any of them ladies to get killed. But they kept on bleeding and Willie kept on stabbing, so, well, I reckon we HAD to write a song about it.”
They classify themselves Southern Horrorbilly and/or Darkgrass. I have no idea what either of those terms mean. Personally, I would describe their sound as a darker version of Old Crow Medicine Show…. a much much darker version. Like, OCMS meets Those Poor Bastards. These are dark blue grassy songs for the dark humored. Call em’ love songs for the recently deceased.
I hope 2007 sees another Pine Box Boys released but I imagine there is a hill somewhere in Arkansas that may be running out of graves.
Pine Box Boys – Just a Crush (the wifes review of this track: “That song is just creepy.”)
Pine Box Boys – Arkansas Killing Time
Pine Box Boys – I Had To Cut Her
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