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Copper Kettle

by Jake Xerxes Fussell

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Get you a copper kettle Get you a copper coil Fill it with new made corn mash And never more you’ll toil You’ll just lay there by the juniper While the moon is bright Watch them jugs all a-filling In the pale moonlight Build you a fire with hickory Hickory, ash, and oak Don’t use no green or rotten wood They’ll get you by the smoke You’ll just lay there by the juniper While the moon is bright Watch them jugs all a-filling In the pale moonlight My daddy he made whiskey My granddaddy did too We ain’t paid no whiskey tax Since 1792 So we’ll just lay there by the juniper While the moon is bright Watch them jugs all a-filling In the pale moonlight

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We're pleased to share some new music—about bootleg whiskey—from the great Jake Xerxes Fussell, his first since the critically acclaimed 2019 album Out of Sight. 

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“Copper Kettle” sounds like a song that came out of the whiskey rebellion of the 1790s but it was composed in the 1940s by a person named Albert Frank Beddoe for inclusion in a stage production titled “Go Lightly, Stranger.” The popular Chicago folksinger Bob Gibson recorded a version of it in the 50s, and not long after that Joan Baez added it to her repertoire. After that it became something of a standard among the urban folkies. I guess it should be noted that the berries of the juniper tree have often been used to flavor spirits, especially gin.

Thanks to Kevin McNamee-Tweed for the artwork: Gloaming (detail), 2016, Pigment on raw canvas, 18"
x 24".

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— Jake Xerxes Fussell

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released February 5, 2021

Jake Xerxes Fussell: vocals & guitar
Casey Toll: bass
Nathan Bowles: drums
Libby Rodenbough: vocals
Nathan Golub: steel guitar

Recorded by Nick Petersen, Track & Field Recording, Durham, NC.
Mixed by Jeff Zeigler, Uniform Recording, Philadelphia, PA.
Mastered by Patrick Klem, Klemflastic Sound, Durham, NC.

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Jake Xerxes Fussell Durham, North Carolina

"As long as Jake Fussell is making records and playing shows, there is ample cause for optimism in this world." – Bonnie "Prince" Billy

"Jake Xerxes Fussell is a national treasure.” – Aquarium Drunkard

“His burly, winking voice is made for storytelling.” – NPR Music

“Achingly beautiful.” — Uncut
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