DUNCAN & BRADY
THIRD MAN RECORDS
a dark & delirious slice of new american primitive from the modern master of the form, frank fairfield.
for the uninitiated, frank is a fresno, california native (& now los angeles resident) & a genius on the fiddle, guitar, banjo who possesses a broken soulful voice that perfectly reflects the tragedy & damnation of the subject matter reflected in the timeless american music that he’s made his stock & trade through his albums. on side a frank delivers his unique take on the traditional murder ballad ‘duncan & brady,’ which details a barroom shooting of police officer james brady in st. louis back in 1890. the b side finds frank switching up from the guitar to the fiddle & being accompanied by zac sokolow also on fiddle performing ‘devil’s dream medley.’ ‘devil’s dream medley’ blends the duo fiddles with vocal elements from the song 'june apple', popularised by wade ward & doc watson.