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- Chance and Susette Shiver have issued a new CD,
THE SHIVERS ON THE AIR, and I am happy to declaim: IT IS GREAT!
But, what is it? Is it a neat selection of well-performed old-time
country songs? It is indeed that. Or is it a delightfully funny
old-time radio program? It is certainly that too. Well, to tell
the truth, it is both!
Chance and Susette have joined together with fellow musicians Scotti
Giambusso, Robert Spates, and Robbie Robinson, radio announcer Michael
Scanlan, and producer/engineer Bob Hitchcock to record a well-paced,
old-time rural radio program complete with mock commercials, hilarious
dialogues, and great songs, with appropriate live audience responses.
The selection and performances are all good. My current favorites
are "Cannonball Blues" (great guitar work and play), "Crow
Black Chicken" (makes me hungry), the story of Aunt Flory's
abduction by aliens (they returned her to earth after she cooked
them a meal), and the commercial about the wind-up vacuum cleaner,
the Honeyville Hummer ("It really sucks!"). And Susette's
vocal on "Foggy Mountain Top" reminds me very much of
one of the Kossoy Sisters (but I can't tell which one).
All in all, and in a word: "It's Great Music and Great Fun!"
and "Don't Miss It If You Can!"
Commentary by: Joe Hickerson, retired (would you believe five
years ago!) Head of the Library of Congress Archive of Folk Culture.
- And now, for something totally different, I give
you the Chance and Susette Shiver Show, ON THE AIR. This is a show
within a show within a CD. Are you still with me? Imagine, if you
will, an old fashioned radio show complete with silver-voiced announcer,
organ fanfares and honest to goodness sounding commercials.
Picture, if you can, a husband and wife team reinventing, what
sounds to me to be, the old George Burns & Gracie Allen "Lambchops"
routine and separating the two-liners with Old Timey duets. Project,
you must, ordering this singular CD from such random venues as CD
Baby, CD Street, Amazon.com or their very own site, www.theshivershow.com.
I can guarantee you have nothing in your record collection like
it. (I wonder if that's Harry Von Zel on bass?)
Michael Miller, Tune-Up, a publication of the Philadelphia