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PATRICK BRAYER

CABBAGE & KINGS: AN INLAND SHRIMPIRE ANTHOLOGY

SHRIMPER


Format: CD
Cata No: SHR208
Barcode: 733102724122
Patrick Brayer made a name for himself in 1979 with
his debut record Cold Feelings. That record is a mix of
idiosyncratic high and low desert howl, which would
quietly serve as a cornerstone for the Americana sound,
it’s fiddle and banjo marrying Brayer’s unique singing and
literary songwriting skills. Twenty years after that release,
his second album, Catholic And Western Fabuli, was issued
on Ben Harper’s short lived record label, Inland Empire.
Fast forward twenty years from there to get to here, his
third record—that is a white lie of sorts, as there are sixty
other records available digitally in his Secret Hits series,
but strictly talking in the material world, this is his third
release.
Brayer might be little known to the general public but
is well-known in songwriter circles, where his songs have
been covered by a myriad of deep listeners including Alison
Krauss, John Doe, Robert Plant, Dave Alvin, Alan Jackson,
Chris Darrow, Michael Hedges, and a wealth of others. This
latest release, a deeply personal and intimate album which
has equal footing in the starkest of Shrimper releases and
with latter great albums by Loretta Lynn, Charlie Louvin,
Johnny Cash and Brayer’s peer Howe Gelb, seeks to rectify
Brayer’s relative obscurity.
For Cabbage And Kings, Brayer presents seven songs,
starting off with the near ten-minute lead off-track, recorded
in a solitary room by him, and finishes the record simularily
with an equally stark song for his recently departed friend,
Kaleidoscope’s Chris Darrow. It captures the strengths of
Brayer as a singer with his unique phrasing and playing to
an internal clock that is more concerned with space than
time. One gets them both. Cabbage and a King.

Tracks:

1. Note To Self (To Say Goodbye)
2. A Painless Way To Cry
3. Capture And Release
4. Lose It
5. Toe Tag (On My Heart)
6. Standing There
7. Empty Cage Behind
(For Chris Darrow 1944-2020)

Press:

Cult Americana songwriter from the late
1970s returns. Beloved and covered by Ben Harper,
Alison Krauss, John Doe, Robert Plant,
Dave Alvin, Alan Jackson, Alan Jackson,
Chris Darrow, Michael Hedges, and many
other

 

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