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Munly, Jay

Galvanized Yankee

Smooch
CD $9.50

02/13/2007 655035041421 

SMOOCH 14 


In 1998 Jay Munly left his home in Denver for the bright lights of New York City, leaving behind a band, De Dar He, that would eventually morph into current country-cabaret faves Devotchka. In The Big Apple, Munly studied acting and writing but still found time to record his third album, Galvanized Yankee.  The title may have been influenced by his stay in the Northeast but it also ties in with a larger theme that runs through the album: the American Civil War. Lost limbs, mourning mothers, marching and moonshine are all topics Munly tackles on this historical concept album. Not surprisingly, despite all the banjo and some beautiful backing female harmonies, Galvanized Yankee is a pretty dark and melancholy affair.   Munly also incorporates events from his life in NYC at the time into the music. Following an introduction to Patrick Stewart of Star Trek fame, he convinced the actor to scream back-up vocals on "Virgin of Manhattan." "Math Made Easy" features a PSA advertisement he recorded on an acting job (he also appeared in a hot dog commercial). Also of interest is "Death Ain't You Got No Shame," a country-folk standard now performed regularly by Slim Cessna's Auto Club.  Originally released by the WAR label in 1999 as a limited edition CD, Galvanized Yankee has become one of Munly's most sought-after albums. This new edition, lovingly remastered by Bob Ferbrache, reveals subtle touches not audible in the original mix. Munly is currently recording three new albums (simultaneously) with his backing band, The Lee Lewis Harlots, and touring as much as possible.  

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