by beau 23
It Came From Canada
Anyway, Humphrey and The Dumptrucks originally came together as a jug band in Saskatoon in 1967 and played extensively throughout western Canada, appeared on the CBC from time to time and even scored a musical (Cruel Tears, based loosely on Othello) and a ballet ( Goose!, based on Mother Goose rhymes) before calling it a day in 1981. The group's line-up was Gary "Humphrey Dumptruck" Walsh (dobro, banjo), Michael "Bear" Millar (12-string guitar, bass, jug), Michael "Ernie" Taylor (guitar, autoharp), and Graeme Card (guitar, mandolin), with all four members taking turns on vocals.
These four songs are from their 1971 album Six Days Of Painted Ladies, which was released on Boot Records, produced by Jury Krytiuk and Mark Altman, and engineered by Chris Skene and George Semkiw (who also mixed the LP). "Alone In Manitoba," which features some gorgeous slide guitar work, is probably my favourite, but all four are expertly played country/folk/rock with a distinctly Canadian flavour.
Songs and article here.