Dead by 24.
"Angelina" tells the bleak story of a junkie, who spends her young years experimenting with hard drugs and sex, contracts a terminal illness, and is dead by age twenty four. This dark Americana tale is accompanied by ElectricButterKnife's beautiful southern strings, slide guitar, and the lonesome, Tennessee drawl of the lead singer. The song brings to mind Old Crow Medicine Show's "Methamphetamine" (and certain others of theirs), a song with an Old Time feel and composition, but an undeniably modern subject matter. While its possible that many bluegrass and folk music lovers out there would prefer their favorite musicians to only sing songs of railroads and cotton farmers, I think it's important that American folk music knows how to preserve its sound while still remaining relevant to a nation that has fundamentally changed. The country has urbanized; there are new threats to social welfare; the average "down and out" kid probably is not living on a farm, but in a ghetto. "Angelina" is haunting and beautiful, and I look forward to hearing more from this dynamic and ambitious band.