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Rootbound's CD
Rootbound has released our first full-length recording. The CD, which we cleverly titled ROOTBOUND (I love the word "eponymous,") features Debbi Kauffmann on vocals and guitar and Henry Koretzky on mandolin, guitar, and vocals on a total of fifteen songs.

Copies are available either the old-fashioned way--by sending $15 (we'll cover the postage) to:
Henry Koretzky
438B Grant Street
Middletown, PA  17057
(e-mail: hrk2@psu.edu)


You can order copies the newfangled way--online--by using the safe and friendly CDBaby online store at http://www.cdbaby.com/rootbound. You can also sample our tracks at CDBaby's site.

The tracks on our CD are:

--Oh, My Little Darling: a traditional standard, which we coupled with the fiddle tune "Mason's Apron"

--Dark End of the Street: The Dan Penn classic which we arranged as if it were a Louvin Brothers duet

--Are You Lonesome Tonight: as per The Carter Family's version of this song, which was originally a popular radio hit of the mid 1920s

--There's a Mailbox on the Dark Side of the Moon: written by the brilliant Long Island songwriter Martha Trachtenberg, with a languid arrangement

--I'll Never Grow Tired of You: from the Stanley Brothers, where old-time and bluegrass meet

--Fistful of Rain: a radical re-arrangement of a Warren Zevon/Jorge Calderon song which the late Zevon once referred to as a "Buddhist gospel song," inspiring this old-timey rendition

--How Much He Cares: written by Debbi Kauffmann, a much more traditional gospel number

--Willie's Last Night: one of Henry's originals, written as a rejoinder to the long-running tradition of murder ballads; an attempt to present the victim's point-of-view

--Brazos River Song: a cowboy ballad

--Memories That Bless and Burn: a duet rendition of this powerful song written by Suzanne Thomas, the former singer with Dry Branch Fire Squad and The Hotmud Family

--Mining Camp Blues: our homage to Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard, and honoring an old-time repertoire that can include a tune first recorded by a blues singer in 1926 on a record featuring Louis Armstrong and Fletcher Henderson

--I Wonder Where You Are Tonight: one of our favorite bluegrass standards, this minor-key arrangement endeavours to increase the lonesome quotient of the song

--Thousands of Ladies Are Crying: a Civil War ballad written by Debbi Kauffmann with her husband, George Sharp

If I Should Fall Behind: a Bruce Springsteen composition that always sounded like he'd modelled it in The Carter Family tradition

Banjo Pickin' Girl: concluding the album with a Coon Creek Girls standard