Dearest Lumberhorn Fans,
It's no secret how much we at Camp Lumberhorn love Christmas, partly because Jeffro was in fact born at the North Pole, the product of the unholy union of Blitzen and Admiral Peary, but mostly because we love getting stuff. And sometimes there's no other, er, better way, way to get stuff than to give stuff, so in the spirit of this syncretic season, we're making available for free your very own e-lectronic download of Lumberhorn's Christmas masterpiece, 18 Wheels to Bethlehem. It's the tale of one long haul trucker's visit to the holy land on the auspicious evening of the savior's birth, and is quite frankly no less or more believable than anything else that happened that night, but is sure to amuse your co-workers and guarantee the success of your holiday party. Plus you'll be as cool as WMSE who has been playing it for a few weeks now, but not nearly as often as baby Jesus deserves, so be sure to call and request it (414-799-1917).
All you have to do is visit the Lumberhorn reverbnation site, thoughtfully linked below the templated salutation for your web browsing convenience, and click in the appropriate place near the words "18 Wheels to Bethlehem"; really, it's so easy that even old people can do it, however BJ would be happy to provide technical support if you need it. That offer is only good for old people, though, if he is to satisfy the terms of his probation.
This gift is merely to justify this little reminder that the big CD release party for Nothing Ever Happened is this coming Friday, December 19th at Linneman's Riverwest Inn, with our good friends String 'Em Up, and all we really want for Christmas is for you to come by and say "hi" (after paying a nominal cover charge) **$10 Cover charge INCLUDES a copy of the new CD!
in the event that you are too infirmed to come to Linnemans, these fine brick & mortar establishments owned and operated by your neighbors would be happy to sell you a copy:
Upcoming Shows for Lumberhorn:
12/19/2008 09:00 PM Milwaukee, WI Linneman's Riverwest Inn 01/23/2009 09:00 PM Milwaukee, WI Kochanski's Concertina Beer Hall 04/11/2009 09:00 PM Kansasville, WI Wildlife Refuge
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
OnMilwaukee.com review 12/10/08
By Bobby Tanzilo Managing Editor OnMilwaukee.com
Although Milwaukee's The Mighty Lumberhorn hasn't released an "official" CD in four years, the down-home bluegrass outfit -- that invented its own instrument and then named the band after it -- hasn't gone anywhere.
In fact, with a new line-up, The Mighty Lumberhorn returns with its second studio disc, "Lumberhorn Presents ... Nothing Ever Happened," which gets its official release with a gig at Linneman's Riverwest Inn on Dec. 19 with String 'Em Up.
"This is the first studio album in four years," says banjoist and principal songwriter Ted Jorin, "and the first one that we recorded at Lumberhorn HQ with our own gear.
"I wrote all the tunes on this one and BJ (aka Ted's uncle Bob Jorin) did all the hard work and engineering. I think we started it about a year ago, but in reality we just recorded instead of rehearsed a few hours at a time a couple times a week, and not even every week. But BJ definitely put in way more time than the rest of us."
Jorin also notes that the band made a pair of "bootleg quality live discs" in the intervening years, adding that "The Merry Lumberhorn's XXXmas XXXtravaganza" and "Lumberhorn Live! American Standards" were, "mostly giveaways so folks might still remember us."
While the self-effacing Jorin suggests the long gap between studio records was because the band dilly-dallied, there really are a few good reasons for the lag.
"The delay is due mostly to laziness, probably, but also that we wanted to let the songs arrange themselves live for a while before recording a definitive version," says Jorin. "Some of the songs on 'Nothing Ever Happened' have been around for three years."
The Lumberhorn hoped that marinating on the songs would produce a result more satisfying that 2004's "Blood is Thicker Than Moonshine," which was recorded in a weekend.
"We did the first CD in three days (and) it felt rushed," admits Jorin. "We were still figuring out how the some of the songs went while were recording them, and four years later we play them completely differently than we recorded them.
"I wanted a more accurate document this time, but at the same time, a couple of the tunes are essentially studio singles and can never be faithfully rendered live. And after all that explanation, we never really play anything the same way twice anyway."
Over time, The Mighty Lumberhorn line-up has also changed, no doubt causing a few delays in recording.
Mandolinist Jayke Orvis left the group to focus on his group The .357 String Band and a few other alterations have also taken place.
"Uncle Cuzzin Dan's jug and mouth harp position was eliminated," Jorin notes. "But Heather Lewin has been playing fiddle with Lumberhorn longer than either Jayke or Dan played with us, actually."
Despite all the changes, something remains the same about The Mighty Lumberhorn and that's the music, which is deeply rooted in American bluegrass tradition and is delivered with passion, fire and a great sense of humor (see "The Ballad of Tupac Shakur (With Fiddle!)").
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Linneman's Riverwest Inn 1001 E. Locust St. Milwaukee, WI 53212
Band information: The Mighty Lumberhorn Description: The Mighty Lumberhorn is one of those rare bands that can play a church picnic in the afternoon and then go rock a roadhouse full of bikers all night. The sound ranges from Stanley Brothers' high-lonesome to Motorhead at a hoedown and the subject matter covers everything from a traditional tune praising the culinary aspects of groundhog to Jesus and kinfolk, an original ode to modern day outlaw Tupac Shakur and sweet, merciful death. Still, they manage to keep it fun.
Well, it's here. Boxes and boxes of Nothing Ever Happened, our second studio album and arguably the finest collection of recorded music not (yet) released by K-Tel, were hastily stacked so near the only point of egress at Lumberhorn HQ as to make escape nearly impossible in the event of an emergency at rehearsal tonight. It's only fitting. The timing of the release was barely accidental. This holiday season, I suggest purchasing a baker's dozen so that after you give one away to each of twelve orphans, you've one left for yourself. Q: When and where might such a transaction take place? A: Why, I'm glad you asked. The official hometown release event is at Linneman's on December 19th. We'll be playing a show with String 'em Up and selling CD's. Lots of 'em. But we'd be happy to sell you one just a couple weeks before that at the blue county release on December 6th at the Wildlife Refuge in Kansasville, Athens of Racine County. And, in fact, it's available now at CDBaby, where the first copy was sold yesterday to superfan Luis Alejandro Lorente Rubio of Valencia, Spain. Swear to god. www.lumberhorn.com http://cdbaby.com/cd/mightylumberhorn2 www.linnemans.com www.myspace.com/stringemupbluegrass and gracias, Señor Rubio.