Alluvium

by Penny Opry

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A musical journey back in time, inspired by riverboats, tin-pan alley, and sea chanties, fueled by whiskey and unrefined charm.

Hailing from the cold waters of San Francisco Bay, Penny Opry specializes in bringing old music back from the dead, with a sound concocted to lift spirits and bring life to the party.

Joan Wilson Rueter and Rosie Steffy have spent the better part of the past eight years traveling together and honing their skills as part of the trio Whiskey and Women. The duo's latest incarnation, Penny Opry, delves further into folk music of the past, drawing inspiration from Tin Pan Alley, old-time Americana, and maritime folk music.

The group's debut album, Alluvium, is an exploration of the imagined concept of time as a river, and music as the rocks and pebbles that the river shapes as they are swept downstream. Folk music, by nature, is changeable and ever-evolving, with each musician and generation making their mark. It is a history told by everyday people, passed along, sometimes cherished, sometimes forgotten. Alluvium contains songs inspired by riverboats, canals, weather, the Great Lakes, and the sea. Penny Opry's simple, stripped-down aesthetic serves as the perfect backdrop to bring these stories to life.

Alluvium was recorded entirely to tape at the Creamery studio in Oakland, CA, located in an old church building complete with stained glass and leftover pews and choir robes. The album showcases the duo's sister-style harmonies and multi-instrumentalism, featuring an antique button accordion, a suitcase drum kit, soprano and baritone ukuleles, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and piano.

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released October 26, 2018

Penny Opry is:
Joan Wilson Rueter
Vocals, accordion, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, baritone ukulele

Rosie Steffy
Vocals, drums, percussion, soprano ukulele, piano

With special guest Madeline Tasquin
Vocals tracks 5 & 10, percussion track 10.

Recorded by Greg Ashley at The Creamery in Oakland, CA.
Mixed by Ian and Jay Pellicci at New Improved Recording
Mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering

Photos by Allana Alberts Wiitala

Album art by Rosie Steffy

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Track Name: Come Take a Trip in my Airship
I once loved a sailor, and once a sailor loved me
But he was not a sailor who sailed on the wide rolling sea
He owned an airship, could fly like a bird on the wing
And every evening when the sun drew near, he’d fly to my window and sing

Come take a trip in my airship, come and we’ll sail round the stars
Come and we’ll travel to venus, come and we’ll sail on to mars
No one will know if we’re kissing, no one will tell if we spoon
Come take a trip in my airship, and we’ll visit the man in the moon

Sure I loved that sailor, and sure he loved me too
And we’d go roving together, up in the sky so blue
Night after night at my window, I’d wait again and again
And sure enough he would come to me, he’d be singing his sweet refrain

Come take a trip in my airship, come and we’ll sail round the stars
Come and we’ll travel to venus, come and we’ll sail on to mars
No one will know if we’re kissing, no one will tell if we spoon
Come take a trip in my airship, and we’ll visit the man in the moon
Track Name: Dark and Stormy Weather
Dark and stormy weather, it still inclines to rain
Deep clouds hang over center, my love’s gone away on the train

We met, we loved, we parted, I thought the world of you
You left me broken hearted, to me you proved untrue

Dark and stormy weather, it still inclines to rain
Deep clouds hang over center, my love’s gone away on the train

I’m leaving old Virginia, there’s nothing here for me
For now you love another, in my grave I’d rather be

Dark and stormy weather, it still inclines to rain
Deep clouds hang over center, my love’s gone away on the train
Track Name: Low Bridge Everybody Down (Erie Canal)
I've got a mule and her name is Sal
Fifteen years on the Erie Canal
She's a good old worker and a good old pal
Fifteen years on the Erie Canal

We've hauled some barges in our day
Filled with lumber, coal, and hay
And every inch of the way we know
From Albany to Buffalo

Chorus:
Low bridge, everybody down
Low bridge we must be getting to a town
you can always tell your neighbor
You can always tell your pal
If you've ever navigated on the Erie Canal

We'd better look out for a job old gal
Fifteen years on the Erie Canal
You'd bet your life I'd never part with Sal
Fifteen years on the Erie Canal

Get up there glad we've passed that lock
We'll make Rome 'fore six o'clock
One more trip and then we'll go
Right straight back to Buffalo

Low bridge, everybody down
Low bridge we must be getting to a town
You can always tell your neighbor
You can always tell your pal
If you've ever navigated on the Erie Canal

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