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MP3 Geoff Kessell - Funfair For The Drowning Man

"A crazy carnival of sounds, swirling colored lights, and echoes of pop''s past and present" -- Richard Barone

13 MP3 Songs in this album (44:51) !
Related styles: POP: Quirky, POP: New Wave

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I was raised on a steady diet of pop music, record store jobs and basement bands, absorbing all the sounds my addled brain would hold. As I learned guitar I tried to replay songs from memory, got them wrong, and created my own in the process. After years of writing for other singers I finally decided to learn to sing and write for myself. But first, in the mid-to-late nineties, I took a sabbatical from music to own and operate an independent St. Louis-based business called Whiz Bam! While running the store, I released two collections of early demos called "Pop-Gun" and "Instant Karma Sutra." After closing the shop in late 1999, I resumed writing, recorded and released my first "proper" album, "Songs for a Caustic Guitar," and played frequent solo shows and opening for some of my favorite artists including Graham Parker, Steve Forbert, Marshall Crenshaw, and Peter Case. In 2000 I assembled a compilation called "Musaic," featuring tracks from the first three CDs, plus previously unreleased bonus tracks. In 2003, I released a holiday e.p. called "Holidazed," which included, as a bonus, low-fi live recordings of songs from my then-forthcoming album, "Funfair for the Drowning Man." In 2005 I stopped playing live for what was intended to be a couple of months, to focus on "Funfair for the Drowning Man." It dragged into several years, thanks to job and life stuff. Now, in late 2008, the album is FINALLY done. I can''t wait to share it with whoever cares to listen, and to start to play live again. Hope to see you soon. gk

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