Philadelphia’s most famous working class hero once noted, “Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards, there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine, a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.”
Jim Beam and Pabst Blue Ribbon weren’t around in 1779 when Ben Franklin penned this ode to alcohol. Today, both are abundant in Philadelphia despite the state’s archaic liquor laws. Such libations figure prominently in songs from the Morning River Band.
Hailing from Philadelphia, Morning River Band’s ethos is more akin to George Jones than Rocky Balboa. So what’s a band with a penchant for traditional country music to do in the City of Brotherly Love? If you are the Morning River Band you apparently get good and drunk, wallow in self pity and wake up the next day to do it again.
On their upcoming release, To Suzie, band members Jeffrey Fields, Philip Kunkle, Denny Barron and Arthur Herrmann blend country, folk and blues throughout a nine-song suite detailing the highs, lows and headaches of life, love and liquor.
Download a first listen exclusive from To Suzie below. Sung by contributor Morgan Caulfield, “Hangover Blues” shows the fairer sex understands drinking just as much as men.
To Suzie will be released on May 21 through digital media outlets and available on limited-edition color vinyl.
Stream the band’s 2011 release, Between the Ocean and the Blues, below.
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