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CD Title:  Snake Farm Reviewed by:    John Courage Date:  10/3/06
Reviewer is from:    unknown Rating:   ллл  

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Rather illustrating the point I made last month about musicians needing the expertise of indie labels, this folk-rock septet from Moulton, TX  seems to have been galvanized into actually promoting its second self-released album.  At least to the extent of getting a copy to 3CM Towers, by the publicity Ray Wylie Hubbard's album of the same title, which came out almost a year later, has been getting.  Maybe they realized that a website is not enough, which is a pretty good start.  Many indie artists don't even get that far.  Describing itself as a co-operative rather than a band, which may explain why the personnel on the website differs from the credits on the album, Driftwood is remarkably good example of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.  Its members, Paula Higgins on lead vocals, Jimmy Jowell lead vocals, harmonica, piano, Frank Nagel lead guitar, Gary Hoover rhythm guitar, Craig Higgins bass/lead guitar, and Matt Wickham drums (plus some interesting use of ambient sounds) are competent enough individually, but the gestalt produces many quite remarkable moments.  With a solid set of 13 originals (or so I assume, there are no writing credits given), the band chugs along to create a very engaging sound, though personally I would have put the warm voiced Higgins out front more as Jowell's dry delivery gets a little samey, though he does have one of the best lines, "If you think I care, then you know more than me." JC

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CD Title:  Snake Farm Reviewed by:    Visitor Date:  6/20/06
Reviewer is from:    Texas Rating:     

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Your song links don't work on MTM site - I tried to hear $50.50 as you said in your blog Train Killer - it couldn't connect to server.  What's the problem?

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Had you included some sort of contact information, we could have contacted you directly.  Hopefully you'll check back!  Our webmaster tells us that for some odd reason, sometimes song titles with "characters" in them (in this case, the dollar sign) cause difficulties on some computers when trying to play clips.  He has gone in and changed the title of the song (from $50.50 to 50 and 50)  Hopefully that will solve your problem and not sway too much from the artists' musical intention.

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CD Title:  Snake Farm Reviewed by:    Bo Hunkum Date:  12/7/05
Reviewer is from:   La Grange, Texas Rating:  лллл   

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What a great bunch of song-craft!  Very refreshingly real.  Great musicianship but needs mixing help.  Couldn't hear the vocals enough for my taste.  Would like to hear this band live!  Where are they playing next?  Will be enquiring more about these folks a lot more in the future.  Gezundtiet!!!

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CD Title:  Snake Farm Reviewed by:    Satex Date:  12/1/05
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 Excellent guitar playing and very original compositions ---- is there angst yearning in ye heart? 50 cents is a really great song  --- it just depicts how I feel sometime when things get that way.  
Really enjoyed your version of Miserlou; where do you guys perform?    Sorry to miss you at Casbeer's; when y'all coming back?  You ever play out at Floore's in Helotes?  I go there Thursdays about twice a month....sometimes I'm the only one there but my friends usually drop by after work and then the party starts...would love to dance to some of those tunes.  
gLAD to have discovered your little jewel.  BTW, where exactly is Moulton?  And your moniker "liquiddaddy" is interesante...where did you come up w/that?  One I won't likely forget.  I might have to scoop up a few dollars to give your CD as Xmas gifts.
Great writing, playing and expression....keep invigorating my soul!  Happy Holidays!

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CD Title:  Snake Farm Reviewed by:    Anonymous Date:  10/17/05
Reviewer is from:   Austin, Texas Rating:  ллллл  

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Fabulous and thought-provoking.  A must-have for any Texas music CD collection.

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