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Liza EP

Wrinkle Neck Mules Audio CD

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1. Liza
2. Stolen Horses
3. 17 Miles of Bourbon (Live)
4. No Consolation (Live)
5. Why You Been Gone So Long? (Live)
6. Discarded

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About the Artist

Born somewhere on I-64 between Charlottesville and Richmond, Virginia in late 1999, the Wrinkle Neck Mules blend guitars, banjos, mandolins, pedal steel guitars, organs, kitchen sinks, drums and bass together with bluegrass-inspired harmony vocals to distill what The Independent of Raleigh, NC called a "righteous Americana mishmash". The blend drinks differently from song to song. Sometimes haunting and tense; sometimes tangy with tongue firmly to cheek.

Their first record, Minor Enough, was released in 2003. It was a self-recorded and produced affair with 13 songs touching on themes like whiskey factory disasters, sterno abuse, fallen moonshiners, untimely exits, and late night discord. The disc garnered the band some nice attention in the whole world. Emails started coming from folks in California saying they loved it. Writers in England called them a band to watch for the future. And DJs in the Netherlands dubbed Minor Enough damn good.

Riding these successes, the Mules took to the streets fulltime in 2004 playing heavily on the East Coast, but taking the show as far away as Inverness, Scotland and playing famous festivals like Milwaukees Summerfest and South Floridas Langerado. Along the way, they played with folks like Sam Bush, James McMurtry, Cracker, the Hackensaw Boys, Texas-country legend Johnny Bush, The Silos, Kevn Kinney, Mofro, Donovan Frankenreiter, Ratt (thats right!) and more.

In 2005, with all still mostly intact, the band released a 6-song EP, entitled Liza, and headed to Haunted Hollow Studio with producer Chris Kress (Dave Matthews Band) to record a follow up to Minor Enough. The new disc, entitled Pull the Brake, takes the Mule-sound a few steps further but stays on the quirky path set by Minor Enough. Pull the Brake was released on March 7, 2006 and contains a collaboration with Bonnie "Prince" Billy.

Product Description

Anchored by studio versions of two Andy Stepanian-penned story songs, "Liza" and "Stolen Horses", the Wrinkle Neck Mules exhibit the full spectrum of their varying musical styles on their new six-song EP, Liza.

The featured title track, Liza, is perhaps the best single song example of what the Mules do. Touches of bluegrassy banjo and acoustic guitar lay the backdrop, but distorted guitar, subtle synths and vocal harmony tell this eerie kidnapping tale. Or is it mutual love? Who knows? No matter, its unsettling and beautiful at the same time. The song is a cut from the Mules’ full length record, Pull the Brake and its an exciting peek behind the curtain of what the Mules created with producer Chris Kress. And Stolen Horses, once an outtake from their debut Minor Enough, has been reworked with a demented pedal steel serving as a harbinger of the accepted demise of the songs heroes; a horse-thieving gang. The song could be a Neil Young & Crazy Horse outtake with its foreboding dreamy atmosphere. And then there is the bonus live material cut from two shows on the same day in June, 2005. Four songs gleaned mostly from their debut, Minor Enough, exhibiting the sort of drunken, cut-a rug live show the Mules’ put on. Again, we get grassers (17 Miles of Bourbon), rockers (No Consolation), combinations of the two (Discarded) and a rollicking harmony driven reworking of Mickey Newbury’s "Why You Been Gone So Long". It makes you want to be in the crowd. Or at least get drunk.

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