Corpse Reviver’s second album is out tonight with a big show at the Cedar Cultural Center. The band is named for a popular drink purported to be a hangover cure. Interestingly, Henry Craddock’s Savoy Cocktail Manual of 1930 includes two recipes.
The second of these, commonly Corpse Reviver #2, calls for equal parts gin, lemon juice, curacao liqueur, lillet wine and a little dash of absinthe. It’s super gross.
Some things from the 1930s have aged a little better, like the songs on Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music. The three original volumes contain songs recorded between 1927 and 1932 which are still often performed and recorded today.
Many of those songs are much older, and certainly some are older than recorded music. Bascom Lunsford, whose recording of “I Wish I Were a Mole in the Ground” was included on the Anthology, was reported by Smith to have learned the song from a neighbor in 1901.
The recipe for Corpse Reviver on this new record is three extraordinary musicians, and we are honored to be participating in the release. We sheepishly admit we really aren’t fanatic “must have it on vinyl” collectors, but in this case we felt passionate about it. We also believe some future anthology should have a song performed by these three friends.
We can only guess where each of them learned “I Wish I Were a Mole in the Ground,” and its our fault for never having asked. I’m sure they’d all be happy to tell us all about it.
Corpse Reviver will be performing at the Cedar Cultural Center tonight to celebrate the release of their new album, Volume II: Dry Bones. Minnesota legend Spider John Koerner will perform as well.