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We’re in trouble now: The Melungeons are coming

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It’s no secret that many of us who cover the East Tennessee music scene are fans of Rus Harper. Not only is he one hell of a nice dude, he’s also this area’s version of Iggy Pop when he takes the stage — preening, pouting, raging, gibbering and prone to all sorts of freakery that appalls good, decent folk who spew blood from the eyes when they see a rock ‘n’ roll frontman clad in panties, fishnet thigh-highs and combat boots.

Our last proper story about Rus was a year ago, when his band Teenage Love13 released the killer punk album “No Excuses.” He and bandmate John Sewell posed for some great photos with members of the Maryville Police Department and were good sports about it all, especially considering their younger selves had no love or respect for law enforcement. Over the weekend, he sent me two tracks from a new album on the horizon by another one of his projects, The Melungeons. (We first wrote about that band in 2006.) There’s no CD release date set, but it’ll most likely be at The Pilot Light; in the meantime, below is the album cover.

Check out Rus and all of his freakishness online, visit The Melungeons on Myspace and download the title track from the new album, “Blackwater Swamp,” here:

“Blackwater Swamp,” by The Melungeons: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)


Written by wildsmith

March 29th, 2010 at 8:47 am