Murder Murder - I've Always Been A Gambler" (Independent): As the evocative band name suggests, this Sudbury-based outfit is devoted to the dark side of roots music. They define their sound as "bloodgrass," and the body count in their songs is often high.
This new single has a gambling theme, a common subject in country, folk and blues. In a press release, the band describes the song as being "about an angry drifter in a card game who can’t stand the sight of the man across the table from him. While an original tune, it references two classic gambling folk songs - 'Jack of Diamonds' and 'The Cuckoo.'"
Fast-paced dobro and fiddle give momentum, and the harmony vocals are rousing. The accompanying video is an entertaining one, and the group states "we had a blast on set during the filming - dodging lightning and herding sheep between takes. The video tells the story of a high stakes blackjack game where the players put their lives on the line. Filmed at a rustic farm in Northern Ontario, it was the perfect backdrop for the sinister theme."
The tune is the first single from Murder Murder's upcoming album Wicked Lines and Veins, due on Sept. 15. A favourite on the fest circuit, MM has upcoming Ontario shows at Blue Skies in Clarendon (Aug. 4-6), Fred Eaglesmith's Charity Picnic in Aylmer, ON (Aug. 18), and Summerfolk in Owen Sound (Aug. 19-20). More info here