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Written for this project by Kevin Russell (aka Shinyribs.)

Outside of my Bad Livers partner, I haven't know anybody in music as long. He has been a great friend and supporter all these years. He had me record on his first pre-Gourds breakup release as "Kev Russell" and even graciously took me with him to a gig in the Netherlands. Written for me? About me? He's silent on the question.


Shipwrecked Man (by Kevin “shinyribs” Russel)

I woke up on the wrong side of the bed
turned a stone inside out and call it my head
got choked up thinking about what she did
I wanted to kill everything
filled with hate and misery

I remembered the story about a shipwreck man
he cursed and cursed the ocean from his little lost and lonely land
from himself he was never saved
to his grave he went with fists of rage

I went back to sleep and dreamed a dream
about a mermaid and a merchant Marine
in the ocean tears she said are not what they seem
I was afraid of the wind
but the storm it passed and I was whole again

I'm not going to live like that ship wrecked man
cursing the ocean from my solitary sand
I want to be saved
in peace and love carried to my grave


from Songs for the Hangman's Daughter, released March 28, 2017
Recording King Banjo

Words and Music K. Russell



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Mark Rubin, Jew of Oklahoma New Orleans, Louisiana

Oklahoma-born, Texas-reared, and now living in New Orleans, multi-instrumentalist Mark Rubin is an unabashed Southern Jew.

Known equally for his muscular musicianship and larger-than-life persona. Over an accomplished 30+ year career, he has accompanied or produced a virtual who’s-who of American traditional music. With Danny Barnes, he founded Pioneer Proto-Americana band the Bad Livers
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