Guts, Lungs & Bones

by Groanbox

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The band wrote, rehearsed, and recorded all of the material for this release in a cottage perched at the bottom of a green, sheep-flecked and brook-bordered hill in the Scottish Lowlands over a period of ten days in August 2011. Recorded live with producer/engineer Oscar Cainer at the helm, this time around the sounds are dirtier, with the accordion and guitars plugged in and turned up, and the percussive booms and clangs emerging from deeper within the junkyard. The influence of old New Orleans, studio and street, is as hot as coffee from Cafe du Monde in tunes like Po’ Boy, Erol the Turk, and Candlelight Lounge. Unafraid to journey out of the delta, the band hit it hard for the Cubanesque Cimarrón and recline with a hookah on the Moroccan flavoured Tamazight. The echoes of Highway 61 still purvey, from the Boubacar Traoré infused Death Don’t Have No Mercy to the Cooder-esque Bunco Artist. But most of all the album captures the late night, sweaty, genre-hopping exuberance that has garnered the band a cult following.


released November 1, 2011

Written and performed by Groanbox (Paul Clifford, Cory Seznec, Michael Ward-Bergeman).
Recorded and produced by Oscar Cainer, Outlandish Audio.
Mastered by Andy Young.
Album design by Tom Baxendale.

Paul Clifford: percussion, vocals
Cory Seznec: guitars, banjos, harmonicas, percussion, vocals
Michael Ward-Bergeman: accordions, rhythm harmonicas, fife, percussion, vocals



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Groanbox New Orleans, Louisiana

At first glance a roots band steeped in the traditions of American music, they play with all the guts of rock and roll and all the soul of the wandering troubadour. But somewhere along the way, that troubadour turned from his path and set sail from the melting pot of New Orleans to begin a journey that would take their sound to new, unchartered territories with influences from around the world. ... more

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