December 13, 2020

Jo Carley and The Old Dry Skulls: Voodoo Bones & Vaudeville Blues

It has been a textbook shortcut for bands trying make it: sell their soul to the devil and get a great album in return. London based voodoo blues band Jo Carley and The Old Dry Skulls take that old myth apart on Voodoo Bones & Vaudeville Blues, twelve songs about gullible people duped by sketchy characters and horror stories about pitchfork wielding creatures and the undead.

Tongue firmly-in-cheek they provide a full set of old school entertainment, a sideshow where vaudeville, blues and skiffle conspire to get their audiences to dance their asses of. Singer Jo Carley is a powerhouse who can holler and whisper, with multi-instrumentalist Tim Carley and bass player James Le Huray pushing her to give it her all. Bigots will wave their fingers at this kind of music, but anyone with a mind of their own can't help but love this.

Jo Carley and The Old Dry Skulls:
Jo Carley: vocals, fiddle, washboard
Tim Carley: guitar, foot tambourine, kick-drum, hi-hat, percussion
James Le Huray: double bass, banjo

Voodoo Bones & Vaudeville Blues is released via Old Higue Records.

  1. Little Limbs of Satan
  2. The Zombie
  3. The Devil
  4. She Got Him (With Her Voodoo)
  5. Lose Your Soul
  6. The Jungle
  7. The Witchdoctor
  8. Dead But He Won’t Lay Down
  9. Under Your Spell
  10. Crowhurst’s Lament
  11. Shipwreck Blues
  12. The Bone Readers


HCTF review of Shake Them Rattlin’ Bones.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the review.
    Now booking Europe:
    cheers, Kurt & team Rootstown