Bucket of Blood

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    Time Is Gold is preceded by three 7” releases and continues the band’s practice of weaving chaotic rock arrangements around each song’s folk core.

    This first full-length album includes a few songs from the vinyl singles as well as new material with varying subject matter. “Truman” traces the history of the modern presidency while “St. Francis of Illinois” pays tribute to Vachel Lindsay, considered by many to
    be the father of modern performance poetry.

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Bucket Of Blood - based on the life and tales of Henry Townsend as well as another song in the folk tradition

Henry he hopped that north-bound train
jumped off in the yard in East Saint Louis
Henry was a shoeshine boy
fronting for that bootlegging man downtown
Henry learned to play that mean guitar
Henry learned to play that sweet guitar
had some folks jealous with the way that he played

JD Short got him in the back
that coward with a knife got him in the back
Henry was a bleeding he nearly died
when that coward snake got him in the back
Henry wanted to take his revenge
went hunting JD Short through all the joints
cornered him at the Bucket of Blood
Henry stepped up and short pulled his knife
Henry drew his gun and he took a shot
Short jumped up yelled and fell down
Henry left the yard same way he'd come in
Short lay bleeding hurting on the ground

Henry he's an old man now
Stack-a-Lee's been long dead now
with many a song to sing and many a tale to tell
the city Henry knew it ain't there no more
the Booker Washington theatre been torn down
the city Henry knew it ain't here no more


from Time Is Gold, released July 28, 2012



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The Union Electric St Louis, Missouri

The Union Electric is made up of veteran St. Louis musicians Tim Rakel, Glenn Burleigh, Melinda Cooper and Mic Boshans. Depending on the date/time/weather, Beth Bombara, Jake DeLeonardis, Mary DeLeonardis and/or Brad Vaughn may also make intermittent appearances in the line-up.

UE has released five 7" records, a EP of cover songs, and the CD "Time Is Gold".
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