A GNfN Â focus on the Murder Ballad in Americana music â€“ a genre to be found in all forms of roots music & very much present in Americana.
We get off to a lively start with the Bossâ€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦.
Bruce Springsteen & the Seeger Sessions Band, live in Dublin Pete Seegerâ€™s tale of Jesse JamesÂ -sort of USA Robin Hood!
Two iconic songs from the pen of Bob Dylan…………….
The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll was performed by Cage the Elephant & can be found on â€˜Chimes of Freedomâ€™ a compilation of Dylan covers, released in honour of 50 years of the work of Amnesty International………..
The sinister Tweeter the Monkey Man, was a Dylan contribution to Travelling Willburys Vol 1
Â Mr Lovealie from Blueflintâ€™s 2011 album, Maudy Tree -Â character you wouldnâ€™t want to meet on a dark nightâ€¦â€¦â€¦…
Minus 5 introduced is to the Lurking Barrister, someone you wouldnâ€™t want represent you if you were on a murder charge! Itâ€™s from theirÂ Killingsworth album ( appropriate titleâ€¦..) , also released in 2009 & with input from Decemberist, John Moen…………
Decemberists with aÂ terrible tale of infanticide, The Rakeâ€™s Song, from their 2009 album The Hazards of Love
Simone Feliceâ€™s’ Ballad of Sharon Tate’ –Â from his 2012, self- titled, debut solo album.
Â Now a couple of women who have no regrets…………..
Gillian Welchâ€™s story of the timely death of Caleb Meyer from Hell Among the Yearlings, released in 1998……….
Or,the Whaleâ€™s murderous tale of Terrible Pain, to be found on their , self- titled second album from 2011.
Josh Ritterâ€™s take on mayhem & murder – Folk Bloodbath â€“ from 2010â€™sÂ So Runs the World Away.
Â The Handsome Familyâ€™s tale of multiple murder After we Shot the Grozzley, from their Last Days of Wonder album was followed byâ€¦â€¦
Â The eerie The Bottom Feeders, to be found on When the Saints Go from Jim Clements & the Right to Die
Â Ray La Montagne, with Narrow Escape from his aptly named album of 2004, Trouble
Â We end back where we started, with a classic tale of the untimely end of a good hearted outlaw from another founding father of American folk.
Woody Guthrieâ€™s song, Pretty Boy Floydd, as performed by the Byrds, on their seminal album of Americana â€“ Sweetheart of the Rodeo