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Shane Speal & the Snakes

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"I felt like the Snake Oil Band (aka The Snakes) got too electrified, so I told the band to only listen to Led Zeppelin III before we hit the studio," says Shane Speal. The end result is a full-throttle and mostly acoustic jug band album that grabs you by the throat from the first track. Drunken singalongs, murder ballads, touching songs about insanity...it's all here.

Cigar box guitars, cigar box mandolins, diddley bow, jug, electric washtub bass, box drums, harmonica, banjos... yeah, it's all the cool stuff!

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These Frustrating Blues: Best Of Solo Years

Shane Speal

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The fan favorite tracks from Shane Speal's "pre-Snake Oil" solo albums. The essentials...

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  1. 1 Mother Leeds 04:00
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  2. 2 I Don't Live Today 03:59
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  3. 3 Tattoo of You 03:38
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  4. 4 Drive, She Said 03:10
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  5. 5 These Frustrating Blues 03:50
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  6. 6 How Great Thou Art 02:39
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  7. 7 Working Man 03:27
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  8. 8 Billy Pringle (A Song About A Pig) 02:49
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  9. 9 Tunnel Rat 03:56
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  10. 10 Dead Heroes Sell 03:32
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  11. 11 Willie Knows 08:11
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  12. 12 16 Miles to Saltsburg 03:40
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  13. 13 Line 'Em Up 07:45
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  14. 14 Mumblin' Sumpthin' 01:04
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  15. 15 X-Ray Spex 03:55 Free
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Holler

Shane Speal's Snake Oil Band

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Just released on C. B. Gitty Records! The brand new album by Shane Speal's Snake Oil Band.

Download also contains extended liner notes not included on the cd and full lyrics to all original songs.

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Shane Speal - 12 Stones (2011)

Shane Speal

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The 2011 solo album by the King of the Cigar Box Guitar. Recorded live in the studio. Features "Mother Leeds," Speal's murder ballad about the Jersey Devil and "Tattoo of You." Many of these songs are part of Shane Speal's Snake Oil Band live shows.

"A Shane Speal album is always a welcome release and Twelve Stones is no exception.Speals seemingly bottomless enthusiasm is in abundance throughout, as is his energy and willingness to mix things up and experiment with different styles.The result is that the listener has, quite simply, a Good Time and this, one suspects,is Speals aim.Get together,have a good time.A worthy intention in these increasingly alienated,troubled times.Pick up 12 Stones today." - Hollowbelly

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  1. 1 Mother Leeds 04:01
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  2. 2 02 KILL A MAN 04:19
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  3. 3 Tattoo of You 03:38
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  4. 4 04 SLOW MOTION (CROW VERSION) 03:42
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  5. 5 05 COAL BLACK MATTIE 03:03
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  6. 6 06 DON'T LET ME GET RICH 02:28
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  7. 7 Willie Knows 08:11
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  8. 8 08 16 MILES TO SALTSBURG 03:40
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  9. 9 09 OL' JOHN PETERSON 01:28
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  10. 10 10 IN MY TIME OF DYING 04:11
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  11. 11 11 WORKING MAN (Rush cover) 03:29
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  12. 12 12 THE RAINBOW CONNECTION 03:07
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  13. 13 BONUS TRACK - DEAR PRUDENCE (demo) 05:22
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  14. 14 BONUS TRACK - APPALACHIAN DEATH SONG a.k.a. "Kill a Man" (DEMO) 04:49
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  15. 15 BONUS TRACK - THE MORPHEUS (demo) 04:39
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Shane Speal (self titled)

Shane Speal

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Loud stomp blues from the King of the Cigar Box Guitar. Eight new gloriously lo-fi tracks (and 4 bonus tracks) including Speal's remake of Jimi Hendrix's "I Dont Live Today" performed on cigar box guitar and backed by a fife-and-drum band. Also features concert favorite, "Billy Pringle (A Song about a Pig)."

"Speal's music is intentionally strange. The best way to describe it is to take blues and gospel and country and Hawaiian and ragtime and put it through a meat grinder that's missing some teeth - all recorded in the basement of Speal's Shiloh home on a Zoom digital recorder he inherited from a now-deceased friend." -Mike Argento (from the York Daily Record newspaper, 4/24/09)

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  1. 1 Red Letter 04:04
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  2. 2 Billy Pringle 02:50
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  3. 3 I Don't Live Today (Hendrix cover performed on cigar box guitar) 04:00
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  4. 4 Tunnel Rat 03:57
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  5. 5 Dead Heroes Sell 03:33
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  6. 6 God 02:13
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  7. 7 Drive, She Said 03:11
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  8. 8 Hit the Wine 06:54
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  9. 9 Jesus Make Up My Dyin' Bed (bonus track) 03:23
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  10. 10 X-Ray Spex (bonus track) 03:55
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  11. 11 Jesus Is Comin' Soon (bonus track) 04:20
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Empty Wooden Box

Shane Speal

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The instrumental "Art of the Cigar Box Guitar" album. A collection of stark, meditative and spiritual songs performed on cigar box guitars.

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  1. 1 And the Moon Escaped at Dawn 05:14
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  2. 2 Cart of the Peddler Woman 05:06
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  3. 3 How Great Thou Art 02:38
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  4. 4 Late Autumn Longshadow 03:21
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  5. 5 Maypole Hill 02:57
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  6. 6 Pocketful of Tickets 03:20
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  7. 7 Presbyterian Lullaby 01:04
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  8. 8 Raga Nova 03:22
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  9. 9 When Johnny Comes Marching Home 03:54
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Shane Speal/Jug Fusion "The Box Set Sessions" COMPLETE STUDIO RECORDINGS

Shane Speal

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Before he was "The King of the Cigar Box Guitar," Shane Speal recorded one album under the name, JUG FUSION. The album is packed full of cigar box guitars, homemade instruments, washtub basses, cheap old Japanese guitars from the 60s and something called The Feeding Tube. This was Speal's first venture into mixing jug band blues with modern rock.

This is the first time the entire sessions are made available in a high quality 320mbps sampling MP3. These recordings include SEVEN additional tracks that were not on the original release.

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Shane Speal's Snake Oil Band  "Holler!"
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One hour of smokin' hot, hard-rocking-jug-band blues. This is the long awaited album by Shane Speal's Snake Oil Band. Cigar Box Guitars, washboards, washtub bass, harmonica, prison chains and more.