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whiskey you’re the devil: charlie mcalister

March 19, 2009

charlie mccalister should be a total legend of american folk music.  i’m talking, dude should be in history books 50 years from now and people should be teaching about him in music appreciation courses far & wide.  i’m not joking.  there is nobody out there who, over the past 15 years, has done anything in the same realm with the same ferocity and just downright fucking awesomeness as he has.  backwoods, loner folk & country jams with sardonic wit, caustic humor, and and a good, healthy dose of tongue-in-cheek sarcasm – he’s a modern day bard from the depths of the american south.  mississippi luau, his LP on catsup plate, is essential listening (if anyone has a good rip of the vinyl, get in touch).

this song is a quick romp that features the help of caleb fraid and others.  it is such a great, catchy song with one of the best lines ever… shout it loud, shout it proud: TO HELL WITH PINOCCHIO I AIN’T NO LIAR!  i dunno where charlie is these days, but i sure as hell wish i was still in touch with him.


5 Comments leave one →
  1. Tristero permalink
    March 20, 2009 3:27 am


    I have an interesting weekend ahead of me going through all this stuff. Been busy with work so haven’t been on top of the downloads this week.

    By the way, how much does Alex Cobb kick ass? ‘Wax Canopy’ is immense! I’ll be giving the 3″ a blast later.

  2. March 20, 2009 7:47 am

    unread records recently put out a new 7″ of his – still need to order that one, along with his creosote 1/2 lp…

  3. dialsquaretapes permalink*
    March 20, 2009 7:49 am

    oh, awesome – i didn’t know unread was still around. unread & morc deserve major props for keeping tape labels alive in the late 90s/early 00s. 🙂

  4. dialsquaretapes permalink*
    March 20, 2009 7:54 am

    oh, and btw – i think unread is still selling copies of an ooooooold north sea tape (circa 2004). mostly just guitar drone stuff and not that memorable. but hey!

  5. November 23, 2009 5:07 pm

    i got a new charlie/caleb 7 inch rec if you want let me know i am on the same page about charlie he is our johnny appleseed paul bunyan etc let me know where to mail if u get this message cuz the 4 songs he does on his side of the rec are new classics i swear!

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