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Album · 2007 · 11 Songs. Ancestral Swamp Michael Hurley.

Ancestral Swamp is the 20th full-length album by legendary rambler, cartoonist, outsider folk singer, and guitarist Michael Hurley. It arrives just in the nick of time for the rabid Snockophile. A batch of new vittles and encores of some of his classic tunes, Ancestral Swamp bubbles with laid-back ease and tremolodic goodness. Most songs have the simplest of arrangements: Hurley singing solo, accompanied by his guitar, Wurlizter organ, or fiddle.

Blessed with a voice that makes Leon Redbone, JJ Cale and Ry Cooder all sound like a bunch of prissy stage-school elocutionists, Ancestral Swamp is a welcome pit-stop on Hurley’s lo-fi travelogue across the myths and backwaters of rural America. Every year of his colourful life has been etched deep into leathery vocal chords, lending tunes like Dying Crapshooter’s Blues, Lonesome Graveyard, Gambling Charley and a surprisingly moving rendition of Streets Of Laredo, with a bleary, weary dust-covered reportage.

She Got A Mathematic.

With Ancestral Swamp, Hurley gathers 11 songs, many longtime staples of his live show. There are covers - Blind Willie McTell's "Dying Crapshooter Blues", Lightning Hopkins "Lonesome Graveyard" and the traditional cowboy song "Streets of Laredo" - as well as his own skewed originals. One of the album's high points is "Light Green Fellow", an original that Hurley first recorded in his 1971 album Armchair Boogie. It's full of lust and longing and the taint of death, a slapped and slashed guitar keeping pace as Hurley croons about midnight visits to a lover. There's something especially moving about this song, an older voice cracking and fraying as it conjures desire, as if love really does persist through unimaginably long stretches of time, and maybe even past death.

Michael Hurley: Ancestral Swamp. October 21 2007, 1:00am, The Sunday Times. Born in 1941, the outsider folk singer Michael Hurley has been forgotten, rediscovered and forgotten again with depressing regularity. His latest release is on Devendra Banhart's fashionable Gnomonsong label, but doesn't sound so different from his 1965 debut for the venerable Folkways imprint. These sparse country-blues tunes find the gruff vocal, occasional keening falsetto, faintly fluorescent fuzz guitar and unpredictable picking still in place.

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1 Knockando 4:23
2 Dying Crapshooter's Blues 5:02
3 Lonesome Graveyard 5:16
4 New River Blues
Bass – Dave Reisch
5 El Dorado 3:53
6 1st Precinct Blues 5:19
7 Light Green Fellow 4:23
8 Gambling Charley
Bass – Lewi LongmireGuitar [Six String] – Dave Reisch
9 Streets Of Laredo 4:00
10 When I Get Back Home 6:01
11 She Got A Mathematic 4:49


  • Artwork By – Michael Hurley
  • Vocals, Guitar – Tara Jane O'Neil (tracks: 5, 7)
  • Vocals, Guitar, Fiddle, Banjo [Fretless Banjo], Electric Piano [Electronic Piano] – Michael Hurley
  • Written-By – Michael Hurley


Recorded 2001 to 2006 in Astoria and Portland, OR, and Portsmouth, OH.
Booklet includes 5-page comic, "Kornbred: Driving Dream", drawn by Hurley.

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Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
GONG07 Michael Hurley Ancestral Swamp ‎(LP, Album) Gnomonsong GONG07 US 2007
Michael Hurley - Ancestral Swamp FLAC album
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