Connors, Loren – “Curse of The Midnight Mary, The” – [Family Vineyard]

Thurston Hunger   7/22/2009   12-inch, A Library

So it turns out Loren Connors actually died in March 1981.
On a dare he ventured into the Evergreen Cemetery armed with
just his acoustic guitar, a bottle of gin and his mortal soul.
The gin was gone before midnight, and his soul gone shortly
after. The empty bottle sliding up and down the guitars neck,
and notes slurring up and down from Connors. A ghostly stupor
of old lonesome blues and church favorites arise form the
spirits, and evidently got captured on tape. Only to be recovered
many episodes later by Scooby Doo and Shaggy. (And released by
old man crothers on vinyl, which is a bit peculiar to me…but
I’ll roll with it.) The crossroads here are not between this
life and the next, but between Connors blues roots and his more
outre later leanings. You can hear a love of sustain connecting
both. Stripped bare of electricity, these cores lose me a bit,
but others may feel a more vital connection. At the very least
you could call this EVP, the instrumental album!

-Thurston Hunger


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