Paper Moon Shiners

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    Paper Moon Shiners debut album, 2015

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"If nothing else, they have one of the best names I've encountered in a while. As it happens, they do have more to offer too. Comprising Elena Antinelli and Frank Meyer, who share vocals while he plays guitar, resonator guitar and ukulele, the Austin duo's mission is to recreate, as their bio notes, the sound of prohibition speakeasies, dust bowl medicine shows, Mississippi Delta juke joints and Harlem Renaissance night clubs of the 20s and 30s.

She opens proceedings with the 1928 trad number 'Whoo's That Knockin?', at times reminding me of a less shrill Tiny Tim, while he makes his deeper and slightly dark vocal debut on the creepy Waits meets Cohen 'Devil Up There', she taking up the reins again for Meyer's bluesy, sparse banjo and resonator backed 'Nobody'. This should already be enough to convince you to embrace them to your musical bosoms, but if you need further persuading then check out the lazily sung duet 'Dance Into The Sea', Antinelli's growled, resonator-backed take on Robert Johnson's 'Come On In My Kitchen' or the co-penned ukulele-backed vaudeville styled blues 'Git'.

There's a couple of classic evergreens for good measure, both from the late 20s, delivering a warblingly lovely 'Carolina Moon' and a ukulele romp through 'That's My Weakness', a 1928 hit for Helen Kane with Meyer doing his mouth music kazoo and Antinelli introducing a dash of playful scat. Rounding off with the 69 second uke/guitar strummed 'Space', this is an absolute delight that should be immediately tracked down by anyone with an interest in American music of the early twentieth century.

Mike Davies
Fatea Magazine, UK

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released January 1, 2015

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Paper Moon Shiners Austin, Texas

Paper Moon Shiners are an Austin, Tx duo who link musically with the past transporting vintage songs and originals inspired by american music from the early twentieth century. Their old timey sensibility and vaudeville undertones command an infectiously entertaining landscapes with cracker blues, vintage jazz, swing, ragtime, americana roots and folk. ... more

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