Lily of the West

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    Mather Louth - vocals
    Chopper Franklin - guitar, banjo, mandolin, keyboards
    Thomas Lorioux - bass
    Luis Mascaro - violin
    Stevyn Grey - drums

    Jyrki 69 - backing vocal on Evil Spirits

    Produced and mixed by Chopper Franklin
    Recorded at the Devil’s Doghouse, Echo Park, California

    All songs by Louth/Franklin (Mather Louth Creative/Ratchet Blade Music) except Fist City (Lynn), Bang, Bang (Bono) and Lily of the West (traditional).
    Songs #11, 12 and 13 from the Without A Trace EP (RBR 721).
    Mastered by Geza X for CityLab Productions
    © 2015 Ratchet Blade Records

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When first I come to Louisville, my fortune there to find
There was a maiden there from Lexington was pleasing to my mind
Her rosy cheeks, her ruby lips, like arrows pierced my breast
And the name she bore was Flora, the lily of the west.

I courted lovely Flora some pleasure there to find
But she turned unto another man which so distressed my mind
She robbed me of my liberty, deprived me of my rest
Still I loved my faithless Flora, the lily of the west.

It was down in yonder shady grove, with a man of high degree
Conversin' with my Flora there, seemed so strange to me
The answers that she gave to him sore did my heart address
I was betrayed by Flora, the lily of the west.

I stood up my rival, my dagger in my hand
I seized him by the collar, and boldly made him stand
In an act of desperation I pierced him in the breast
All this for lovely Flora, the lily of the west.

I had to stand my trial, and I had to make my plea
They put me in a criminal box and made a mess of me
Although she’s thrown my life away, deprived me of the rest
Still I love my faithless Flora, the Lily of the west.


from Fire To The Fuse, released October 31, 2015



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Heathen Apostles Los Angeles, California

If there is such a thing in the current fringe roots genre as a supergroup, it would certainly be the Los Angeles-based dark roots and alt-country band Heathen Apostles, whose participating artists include ex-members of Radio Noir (Mather Louth), The Cramps (Chopper Franklin), Kings of Nuthin’ (Thomas Lorioux), and Christian Death (Stevyn Grey) in its ranks. That is one hell of a lineup. ... more

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