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The Gilded Bats

The Gilded Bats

(Mad Dauber; US: 13 Nov 2007; UK: Available as import)

Return with us to those glorious sounds of yesterday, when dark and dirty meant—well, dark and dirty. The members of The Gilded Bats play old time country stringband music with lots of pluck and a boisterous attitude. The four-piece combo (fiddle, banjo, washtub bass, acoustic guitar) perform a repertoire of classic tunes (i.e. “Cripple Creek”, “Cumberland Gap”) and modern silliness (i.e. the Holy Modal Rounders “Give the Fiddler a Dram,” the bawdy “When Lulu Goes” full of ribald pokes about Lulu going bang and such) with raw vigor and a sense of fun. They all sing spiritedly and while the vocals ain’t always pretty, The Gilded Bats’ magic lies in its energy and instrumental talents.

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Steven Horowitz has a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Iowa, where he continues to teach a three-credit online course on "Rock and Roll in America". He has written for many different popular and academic publications including American Music, Paste and the Icon. Horowitz is a firm believer in Paul Goodman's neofunctional perspective on culture and that Sam Cooke was right, a change is gonna come.


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