Of The Southern Plains

by Mountain Rag

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Congletone Don't make any excuses. Just buy this album and listen to it... again and again and again and again and... Favorite track: John Muir Blues.
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lexington 125 wow weeee!!!
what a killa album.
haven't been able to turn this one off for days now.
favourite track? every freaking one !!!
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Bill Goodman Hole-E-shit! What a fucking burning and scorching album. It's heavy blues and fuzzed out rock almost as if ZZ Top meets Led Zeppelin.

www.theevilengineer.com?p=3027 Favorite track: Moonlighting Man.
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heavyMGS As Steve mentioned, ZZ Top ish grooves with almost Chris Cornell type vocals. Good beers drinking / grilling jams. Guitar player also obviously loves the guitar solos from Led Zeppelin I and so do I! Favorite track: Moonlighting Man.
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Steve Rodger Many thanks to Soshanna for the FB heads up on this. Bluesy fuzz like a Tres Hombres era ZZ Top meets ( insert band name here ) This could be a driving to/from work classic ..., Favorite track: John Muir Blues.
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MOUNTAIN RAG RELEASES DEBUT EP 'OF THE SOUTHERN PLAINS'

Austin-based Band Embraces Dark Themes and Heavy Blues Sound


AUGUST 20, 2015 (Austin, TX) — The new release from Texas trio Mountain Rag is now available online. Fresh from numerous Austin shows, including sets at the Gypsy Lounge, Spiderhouse Ballroom and Off by Southwest festival, the group channeled a strong reception into an energetic 6-track album.

Building on their heavy blues style, Of the Southern Plains showcases a deft homage to Delta blues with a stoner-rock undercurrent. Tracks explore the dark mythology of the American West, touching on Native American history, isolation, and the blood-soaked cultural inheritance of the frontier.

The Austin-based podcast Talking Sound tapped the band for interviews, praising the “dirty honesty” in the music. Individual tracks released on Bandcamp already have fans buzzing that, “like a Tres Hombres-era ZZ Top…this could be a driving to/from work classic.”

Of the Southern Plains is currently available as a download on Bandcamp (mountainrag.bandcamp.com), and hard CDs are available for purchase at

www.cdbaby.com/cd/mountainrag


ABOUT MOUNTAIN RAG

Michael Presho (guitar), Nick Dettmer (drums), and Ryan Nelson (vocals/bass) formed in 2014, and quickly built a following through live performances. After the release of a demo in early 2015, the band secured podcast interviews and notable sets around Austin, including the annual Off by Southwest festival.

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released August 17, 2015

Ryan Nelson: Vocals/Bass
Michael Presho: Guitar
Nick Dettmer: Drums


Written, Tracked, and Mixed by Mountain Rag
Produced by Michael Presho
Artwork by Ryan Nelson

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Mountain Rag Austin, Texas

Fuzzy, heavy, and paying homage to the roots, Mountain Rag is the music of whiskey-soaked nights, and days spent aimlessly wandering desert roads under a painted Big Sky. Michael Presho (guitar), Nick Dettmer (drums), and Ryan Nelson (vocals/bass) met with music in mind, soon recording songs that begin to unearth the dark mythology of the American West. ... more

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Track Name: Midwest Dirt
Ain't no heaven, in them clouds, no there
Ain't no hell, down underground
All I know of this rotten Earth
The devil lives down in the Midwest dirt

People line up, one and all
Drink some wine, it'll soothe your soul
I've been raised and I've been fed
Blinded faith lies to level my head

Teach the young man
Before you fall to your knees
Beat down the gay and poor
God don't care for their need

Please don't spend life fading
Like a lost sheep in the fog
I'll warn you before you trouble
There ain't no face of God
There ain't no face of God
There ain't no face of God
There ain't no face of God
There ain't no face of God
Track Name: The Animal Mother
Teacher can't help now he's gone mad
That old bitch pulls out her flask
Popping those pills ain't gonna learn him
Not for a twelve-year-old that's yearning, Oh no

Floodgates open to your eyes, yet you don't seem to mind
The crying of a helpless child, trampled on a shallow tide

Call him a madman
But the man was born to kill
He's the animal mother

He's been locked up for nine months now
Judge says next week they'll let him out
Jail time may not have done him in
Behind those bars the madman grins

Call him a madman
But the man was born to kill
He's the animal mother
Track Name: John Muir Blues
My bones are aching to come alive
Its got me heading home, I'm heading down to die
I hear the mountains call, soon I shall be fine

Keep on loving mountain take me high
Til the land you love is dead

To feel the breeze, to wade in snow
I got a letter on, a letter on my door
Tell, the rivers cry, soon I'll feel that tide

Keep on loving mountain take me high
Til the land you love is dead

Hey baby, don't you bother now, I'm a dying man
Difference of you and me is how I see the land
Hey baby, don't you bother now, I'm a dying man
No more can I breathe in deep, a hit of fresh air
I am dying, I am dying
I am dying, I am dying
Track Name: Moonlighting Man
There is a reason I brought you dear
All I could emulate was pain and fear
I was an old ugly child, yeah
You had my heart when it died, yeah
Ain't no man in me
Ain't no man in me
Worshiping my god
Ain't no man in me

I made a fool of you
Tried to stop the lying but I can't hear the truth

I got a woman now, up on the hill
Can't find no other man to make her feel
I got a woman now, up on the hill
Can't find no other man to make her feel

My heart is busted up
That won't slow my dying babe I know I'm the fool

I got a woman now, up on the hill
Can't find no other man to make her feel
I got a woman now, up on the hill
Can't find no other man to make her feel

Well it got me off for trying, what's bad and isn't true

I'll stay so lonely and blue
Til my little woman come back, Mary Lou
Track Name: 40 Grains
Run from the law, radiations high
Circulating blood drains out my side

Help me now, I've got a mind for you to mend
Shot me down baby, hollow my hide for another man

All in my lonesome I wish to die
Send to my angels, come and cry

Help me now, I've got a mind for you to mend
Shot me down baby, hollow my hide for another man

Help me now, I've got a mind for you to mend
Shot me down baby, hollow my hide for another man

Well my blood is gone, and it's taking me on

Aim and lock forty grains of rusted lead
Take a dip and settle down your rusty hand
Drag me to hell aside the angel of death
Track Name: Medicine Lodge Treaty
I saw fire, fire and brimstone
Raining down, overhead
I heard lies, of a soldier
Staking claim, of our land

Oh Medicine, is my mother
And her mud, runs through me
Take my lungs, cut my knees now
Float me down, set me free

Arrows of war found, right through their wicked heart
Arrows of war found, right through their wicked heart

I see the sun, is rising
That muddy water, beet colored red
In the eyes, of a native
Your hollow soul, staggers dead

Satanta follow my eyes, Injun ire troubles my makers mind