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The Proposition - King Snake Devil Shake (Cowboy Town)

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Norfolk-based trio The Proposition create a distinct skiffle take on British Americana, with the simple to understand ethos of performing highly energetic acoustic folk music from a mature standpoint. You feel these three musicians have been around for a while. Following their debut DIRT TRACKS EP (2011), the band's first full length album expands upon those four taster songs; Lovers' Leap, Mr Foolish, 24th & Vicksburg and Don't Let Me In, with a further nine songs each imbued with the same sort of fiery ardour and energetic drive of the trio’s initial release. Incorporating a wry sense of humour on the pulsating Resurrection Day, The Proposition create a gospel-inflected party atmosphere with everyone getting in on the act, whilst the rockabilly stomper Levon returns to some heavily reverberated vocals reminiscent of the juke box hits of the 1950s Southern States. Produced in collaboration with Nick Brine, KING SNAKE DEVIL SHAKE features the trio of Simon Middleton on guitar and mandolin, Nigel Orme on bass and banjo and Steve Clark on drums, keyboards and dobro, each of whom appear to be having a ball with their music.

Allan Wilkinson
Northern Sky