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Murder in the Red Barn

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The tradition of murder songs runs deep in my bluegrass roots, but it's not just limited to folk musics. We seem to be fascinated with one of the heaviest and darkest acts committed between humans. Regardless of whether the act was real or an imagined desire or impulse, song and story give us a medium to deal with this serious subject a bit more comfortably.

I've always been into Tom Waits' writing, his rich imagery, his juicy words…but even beyond that, this song reached its boney hand out and grabbed me like a reaper who knows your destiny. It must have been the plunking banjo in Waits' original recording, the mention of the violin and reference to the color red that compelled me to introduce a fresh murder song to my folkloric roots.

As a constant fiddle plucker and strummer, I often imagined doing an arrangement in which I never pick up the bow. Here's one of those.

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from The Singularity, released October 22, 2013

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Casey Driessen

Casey Driessen is—like his music—inspired, unconventional and truly original. He has built a following as both solo artist and collaborator, touring the world with artists such as Béla Fleck (& the Flecktones), Steve Earle, Zac Brown Band, Darrell Scott, and Tim O'Brien. He is also a founding member of The Sparrow Quartet and never without a pair of red shoes. ... more

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