The Three Sisters and the King of the Deep Dark Well [trad​/​DNL] / The Just Desert [DNL]

from by David Nigel Lloyd

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    This audiophile recording recorded in Southern California and South Wales features a host of stellar guest musicians. A third of its songs are about rivers, a third are about kings and the remaining third are curses of one sort or another.

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[Child Ballad no. 1] This retelling of the medieval 'Riddles Wisely Expounded' is sung to a Scots melody called 'Our Rightful King.'About an enchanted king and three beautiful sisters, such figures seem plentiful enough in the Mojave around Death Valley. Think of Carlos Castaneda and his three witches.
Think of Charles Manson and his unholy harem. DNL bases his king on a desert rat he once met at Tacoma Hot Springs. The sisters could live up in the Panamints at Stella's Place (above). After cursing them with the curse of longing, he dances his lonesome dance to the piece DNL composed just before the recording session.


Three sisters lived not long ago
and not so far away
in a house of desert stone they lived
In a house of desert stone.


from Rivers, Kings and Curses, released May 27, 2008
Jeff Basile Pekarek: standup bass
Jill Egland: accordion
DNL: octar, mandolin, classical guitar, vocals



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David Nigel Lloyd Yreka, California

David Nigel Lloyd emerged from LA’s new wave scene with the acoustic Dark Ages in 1984. An Age of Fable added traditional songs to the DNL mix in 1987. Death in Los Fumos [1996] blended song poetry, skits and found sound while How Like Ghosts Are We [1998] returned to traditional music. Rivers, Kings and Curses featured blues legend Nat Dove and the Incredible String Band’s Robin Williamson. ... more

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