kate kunath

Download: Jolie Holland “Mexico City”

(from The Living And The Dead out Oct. 7 on Anti-)

Download: Jolie Holland “Old Fashioned Morphine”

(from Escondida on Anti-)

Download: Webb Pierce “The Good Lord Giveth (And Uncle Sam Taketh Away)”

Just had a talk with Jolie Holland, who says she hasn’t had her own room to live in since 2005. (She even wrote two songs on the new album at the airport or in a hotel, which I think is how Porter Wagoner used to do it.) A lot of Texas talk—Roky, Guy, Townes—and a lot of ghost talk, prompted by Townes. She is very comfortable when it comes to ghosts. Plus the value of Chinese medicine, raven feathers, nicknames, funerals, weddings, the 70-year-old busboy who used to sing with her and a lot of lines like, “I’m dirt poor, but I have accountants.” Sounds like a line from the Webb Pierce song above to me. I’ll let you know when and where this is going to come out.

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