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MP3 Blind Willies - Everybody's Looking for a Meal

Predator fiddle, stealth guitar, Songs of Innocence and Experience served raw.

12 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Folk Rock, AVANT GARDE: Avant-Americana

San Francisco band Blind Willies is fiddler Annie Staninec and guitarist/singer/songwriter Alexei Wajchman. Bluegrass, old time, and gypsy jazz fiddler Annie has toured with David Grisman''s Gypsy Caravan, and performed with Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, Crooked Still, and Stephane Wrembel. Alexei has been called "a remarkable songwriter" by Jennifer Patton, editor of the popular online zine Delusions of Adequacy, who wrote of the duo''s 2007 debut CD, The Unkindness of Ravens, "Blind Willies play incredibly wonderful music. Annie''s fiddle is the perfect accompaniment for Alexei. The great albums seem fewer and farther between each year. Blind Willies surprised me by bringing back that wide-eyed joyful feeling that I used to get from albums like this." The debut album is on Patton’s 2007 Top 10 list.

Blind Willies’ subjects range from urban street life to the vagaries of personal relationships. Their characters include pimps, prostitutes, homeless wanderers, teen runaways, and unrepentant sinners. Annie is an inventive improvisational fiddler, and Alexei plays a passionate guitar that gives his lyrics a raw immediacy, providing the foundation for Annie’s interpretive riffs. Their style can be deceptively innocent as in Mom Says No, the song Alexei wrote for a family audience; or cynically and hilariously pointed as in Shark Out of Water, a sing-along homage to unrequited love; or plaintively critical as in If You Was a Good Pimp, a funky blues rant against bad management.

Everybody''s Looking for a Meal was recorded, mixed, and mastered by the same team responsible for the band''s debut CD. Lemon DeGeorge and Paul Carlsen are engineer''s engineers. Lemon has worked on all of Jolie Holland''s albums, and he recorded the CD soundtrack and location sound and dialogue for Academy Award nominated, Sundance Audience Award winner, Genghis Blues. Paul Carlsen worked with Lemon on Genghis Blues, mastered Nirvana''s seminal album, Nevermind, worked with Neil Young, The Doors, John Prine, John Hammond, David Geffen, and he designed the award-winning sound for George Coates'' influential avant-garde theater production, Right Mind.

Everybody''s Looking for a Meal is an eclectic mix of styles and intent, with the unifying subjects of human hunger, desire, love, disappointment, resolve, and survival. The album is a unique collection by two young musicians who infuse their individuality and personal history into the music they create together.

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