Poplar Hollow

by Mike Gangloff

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This is Mike's first solo album, recorded in 2012 at Joe Dejarnette's studio house in Topeka-upolo, Floyd County, Virginia, USA. It has existed as a vinyl LP on the Blackest Rainbow label (now out of print -- thanks, Joe Blanchard!) and as a CD on Carapaced. Now it's a download as well. Enjoy.

"Gangloff’s voice speaks of the country, its seasons and its landscape, the wildlife and its people in simple phrases which nevertheless hold a whole world in their words: unaffectedly, direct and to the point."
-- Richard Fontenoy, Freq


released September 1, 2013

Mike Gangloff: Fiddle, banjo, voice
Cara Gangloff: Sruti box on Queen of the Earth, Child of the Skies
Joe Dejarnette: Sruti box on Sally Coming Through the Rye
Cover art by Jake Blanchard www.jakeblanchard.co.uk
Cat Mountain, Waiting On My Rider Back From Town, Ironto Farewell, and Piedmont Fieldhand II by Mike Gangloff, copyright 2012 Shovel Rock; other songs traditional, though these versions also copyright 2012 Shovel rock



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Mike & Cara Gangloff Ironto, Virginia

Mike -- fiddler, banjoist, longtime sonic voyager with Pelt, Black Twig Pickers and more;

Cara -- jazz-singing folk-strummer who put music aside for a few decades to focus on the rest of life...then picked it back up when she met Mike;

Together: A peculiar and personal blend of the traditional and the much less so; incantation plus improvisation = joy
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Track Name: Waiting On My Rider Back From Town
Where were you when the creek dried up?
I was drinking from a broken-handled cup
What did Nell say in the letter come today?
She said the mountain's got to give way by and by
That was all she wrote
No reason here left for us to stay
That was all she wrote
I guess that we'll be leaving come the day
I thought I heard crying out front after dark
I heard the night birds call and that was all
I thought I heard a car going by real slow
It might have been the super, I don't know
Then they shot the line
The rocks began to shiver and to sway
Then they shot the line
I guess that we'll be leaving come the day
Where were you when the morning came around?
I was waiting on my rider back from town
Track Name: Piedmont Field Hand I & II
The poplar leaves turn golden
They float down to the show the sky
And the wheel of great creation
Turns round once more that all may die
In the furrows, black crows are gathered
They cry for seed from winter's store
But the farmer holds fast 'til springtime
When the whole world round
Will rise once more