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Ghost Dance

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Spirit of 1812
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For Every Glass That's Empty
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I Never Thought The Day Would Come When You Could Hate Me So Dearly
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Say Something, Say Anything
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St. Louis Blues
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Phantom Rules
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When You Fall
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Death By Stereo
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Garden of the Dead
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Whisper In The Dark
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You're Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond
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Catfish Angels
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St. James Infirmary Blues
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Cuckoo Bird
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Columbus Stockade Blues
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Walkin Talkin Deadman
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Ol' White Thang Blues
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Raggle Taggle Gypsy
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Leo O'Sullivan's Story
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Wake Up
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 20   Total Length: 44:52

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The Real Deal

EMUSIC-00CB648B

I saw this band at The Common Ground in Brattleboro, Vermont a few years back with their buddies The Cankickers. Single lightbulb lit the room, vocals and guitar through a Fender Super Reverb. One of the rockin'est shows I saw that decade. Intensely great.

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True Alabama Ghost Music

butobase68

Somewhere on a desolate country road the haints wander. A blend of country, rock, bluegrass, distlled through a punk filter...if you like your roots music with a slightly dark edge this is your band. Pray that Emusic adds their older releases

They Say All Music Guide

Had the Haints (Southern lingo for “ghosts”) formed several decades earlier, their hybridized rockabilly tunes might’ve found a home on the Sun Records roster. Ghost Dance doesn’t boast the sexual energy that made the Sun label such a force in early rock & roll, but it still strikes the same down-home sweet spot that inspires audiences to shake their hips and wistfully dream of Dixie life. With a solid, semi-rasped voice, frontman Jamie Barrier leads his bandmates through 20 servings of spooky Southern hospitality, from old reworked blues tunes (“St. Louis Blues”) and rhythmic shuffles (“For Every Glass That’s Empty”) to the lonely banjo-led strains of “Ol’ White Thang Blues.” For a band so obsessed with prowling ghosts and screaming banshees, the Pine Hill Haints sound remarkably lively as they scrape washboards, bang snare drums, and occasionally max out their cheap microphones. One gets the impression that the bandmates don’t fear their spooky subjects as much as view them as part of the South’s culture, as integral to the region as bluegrass and soul food. Hauntings and heartache can make strange bedfellows, but the Haints somehow make the combination work, sandwiching songs like “I Never Thought the Day Would Come When You Could Hate Me So Dearly” (a rollicking country-rock number, and perhaps the best track on the disc) in between the supernatural fare. Ghost Dance’s song are short and concise, rarely stretching past the two-and-a-half-minute mark, and bridges are abandoned in favor of tight verse/chorus packages. The result is certainly evocative of the South — of tin-roofed shacks, cotton fields, and haunted crossroads — but it also suggests an earlier era of rock & roll, one in which the “roll” was prized above most everything else. – Andrew Leahey

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