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|Armed with an assortment of home-made cigar box guitars, vintage amplifiers,
and junkyard drums, the Low-Country Messiahs play a psychedelic
primitive country blues stomp full of ramshackle singing, bottleneck slide
guitar, and eerie sonics. Borrowing heavily from pre-War Delta blues and
African-American gospel, the band conjures fever dream images of lost alleys,
cold cellars, and low-rent bars.
They have released two albums on the independent Pincushion Star label,
and appear on the forthcoming Insurrection Records compilation, Masters
of the Cigar Box Guitar, Volume Two.
Founded by Sub Pop recording artist Green Magnet School alumni Robert
Hamilton, the group made its 2004 live debut opening for post-rock outfit
Seekonk. Notable appearances include supporting Ditty Bops (Warner
Music) and Sony BMG recording artist Blanche, a Detroit-based Gothic
Americana outfit whose members guest on Loretta Lynn's Van Lear Rose
album and appear in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line.
Hamilton's performance at the 2007 Alabama Cigar Box Guitar Festival is
featured in the upcoming Max Shores film, Songs Inside the Box, a PBS
documentary chronicling the cigar box guitar and primitive music movements.
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