Eden & John’s East River String Band: Drunken Barrel House Blues (2009)

Drunken Barrel House Blues

Track list:

01. Drunken Barrel House Blues
02. The Rain Don’t Fall On Me
03. Johnson Boys
04. The Fate of Talmadge Osborne
05. Screamin’ and Hollerin’ the Blues
06. Last Kind Words Blues
07. Gonna Raise A Ruckus Tonight
08. I Wish I Were A Mole In the Ground
09. Yellow Bee
10. Too Tight Blues
11. Corrina Blues
12. Devilish Mary
13. The Spasm


Eden Brower – vocals, ukulele, guitar
John Heneghan – vocals, guitar, mandolin, kazoo
with Special Guests:
Dom Flemons – guitar (#3,7,10), harmonica (#7,8), quills (#12), jug (#13), vocals (#7,10);
Eli Smith – banjo (#3,8,10,12);
Pat Conte – fiddle (#3,8,12)

Released: 2009
Label: East River Records
ERR 1003

Artwork: R. Crumb


Notes: Eden and John’s East River String Band are white city folk – singer/ukulele player Eden Brower and singer/guitarist John Heneghan from New York’s East Village – who cover black country blues from the 78-rpm era with crisp fervor and a natural flair that suggests loving study and a respect for the hard lives and fight for joy on the original records.
~David Fricke[Rolling Stone]


The 3rd release from the New York City based duo Eden & John’s East River String Band (Eden Brower – vocals, ukulele and guitar/John Heneghan – vocals, guitar,mandolin and kazoo).

It features their 2nd cover by underground comic legend Robert Crumb (The Book Of Genesis, Heroes Of The Blues, American Splendor).

This record includes performances from special guests Dom Flemons (The Carolina Chocolate Drops), Eli Smith (Down Home Radio Show, The Dust Busters) and Pat Conte ( The Otis Brothers, The Secret Museum Of Mankind).

Their previous CD/LP release “Some Cold Rainy Day also featured a cover by R. Crumb and received critical acclaim which led to tours of the U.S. and Europe.

“Drunken Barrel House Blues” features classic Country and Blues masterpieces by legends such as Charlie Patton, Memphis Minnie and Ernest V. Stoneman.