Alluvium

by Penny Opry

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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
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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
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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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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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