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Raw Earth 6/3/13

Raw Earth 6/3/13
Written by Kevin Edwards
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  • Date Recorded: June 3, 2012
  • Artist / Band: Raw Earth
  • Hosting Show: Mystery Train
  • Sound: Dan Kinney

Raw Earth is an exotic musical collective, sometimes including dancers, from right here in St. Louis, but the sound is three worlds away.

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If you have been wondering where to find that combo, or musical collective, to play at that middle-eastern themed party you're planning, there is good news. If you've been looking for music for the belly dancing class you're taking, there is more good news. Here's the bad news: Raw Earth has not yet released an album you can purchase without attending a show.

So that makes this session even the more rare and exotic a thing. This is truly music that transports you to somewhere you've probably never been before but still somehow still know deeply.

The band is a swirling mix of participants and instruments, at times combining the likes of banjo, fiddle, flute and clarinet with djembe, bodhran, tubano and bones. Yes, bones. Real bones.

For this session, as seems to be the case for the band, the music centers around percussionists, three in this case, with violin carrying the melody, and the sound on the first two songs is distinctively not Midwestern. Not Cairo, but Cairo.

The third song is thoroughly Celtic and it's surprising that the differences are not all that great from the other two songs. But, it was all tribal, if you go back far enough, and the band fondly says that they are "something before the blues."

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