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Curtis Eller - Murder Barn Session

Curtis Eller is a banjo player, songwriter and rock & roll singer. A twenty-year show business veteran, Eller and his band The American Circus have developed a devoted international following based on dynamic, highly physical stage performances and an extensive catalog of curious phonographic recordings. The iconoclastic musician has spent more than a decade relentlessly touring the club, theatre and festival stages of North America and Europe.

Eller is a gifted and prolific songwriter who's banjo-driven songs describe a dreamlike vision of American history where all points in time have collapsed into one. Eller and the band are preparing to release a new full-length album on which they have augmented their indelicate, rock & roll rhythms with a tempestuous cloud of horns and an graceless choir of backsliders in their quest to bring Eller's historically evocative compositions to vivid, cinematic life."

The Murder Barn Session:

Following a tracking session for their forthcoming album, Curtis Eller and the members of The American Circus gathered in a beautifully dilapidated barn in rural North Carolina and filmed a series of live performance videos. The band blasted through five numbers, including three songs from the new album, one from the vault, and a cover of a Pete Seeger classic.

The Songs:

No Soap Radio, Lenny Bruce, Radiation Poison, Big Muddy, After the Soil Fails

Video Credits:

Directed and filmed by Alex Maness (
Recorded and mixed by Joseph Dejarnette (
Performed live at The Prospect Hill Murder Barn
Thanks to Dawn Leith-Dougherty and Ed Dougherty

Curtis Eller: banjo & lead vocal
Dana Marks: harmony vocal
Stacy Wolfson: harmony vocal
Steve Cowles: tenor saxophone & flute
Hugh Crumley: electric & upright bass
Jack Fleishman: drums

Curtis Eller's American Circus (online):

Official website: