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I've got roots in WV where several of my cousins worked in the coal mines. I was wondering if horses were used in that setting (re:Horses in the Mines), or if you were more familiar with them being used in salt mines.

I'm struggling to decipher the lyrics of that song in preparation for a family band performance at the old-time festival in WV, known as "Clifftop" which is the town where it's located. AKA the Appalachian String Band Festival, it celebrates old-time music in a big way and I want to bring part of our reunion activities to this event this summer (2017). I see old-time music and groups such as the Bad Livers as an embodiment of the heart & spirit of the WV mountain culture.

Thanks for all your inspired song writing and music through the years, because it has been such an important continuation of roots music in our country.

Karen Singleton
Charlotte, NC


Danny Barnes responded on 04/07/2017
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you are welcome thanks for your kind words and observations. i work really hard on this stuff over a very long time so thank you.

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Gotta say, love your lyrics and your singing. It goes without saying that you rip on the guitar and banjo (and just about any other instrument), and that you are a top-notch song writer, recorder, artist. I am always looking for music that has humor and pathos all rolled together, preferably with a structure that feels solid yet unfamiliar. I already own all of your releases, and they make up 75% of what I have been happily listening to for the last twenty years. I never get tired of what you have produced - from the livers to the oft mended raiment to dirt on the angel to rocket to ambient works to jr sampled to stove up. Any recommendations of other artists that you think produce music with a similar vibe? Any genre or era is ok with me, so lob us one from left field if you don't mind. Over and out...keep up the great work.

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Hi Danny, I've got tickets for your upcoming show near Washington, DC on April 27. I imagine you'll play some of Stove Up. After all, this is a traditional bluegrass area. But some of us enjoy experimental and improvised music. I'm talking about the kind you put out on Junior Sampled and Shri 108, or that you played with Mimi Naja and Tyler Thompson at Mac's Place. I'm saying bring your bass and your electronics. Get funky! There'll be at least two people in the audience with shit-eating grins on their faces if you do that! That's me and my wife. If you just play straight up bluegrass, I'm not gonna get laid.

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