The Long Slow Decline of Carmelita


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    • Flaco Jimenez: Accordion
    • Bianca De Leon: nylon string guitar: trax 2,5,6,7,9,10,11, steel string guitar: trax 1,3,4,7,8,12,13, background vocals: trax 7,8,10
    • Guiro: trax 11
    • Max Baca: bass all trax, bajo sexto: trax 1,6,10,11, shaker: trax 5,9, percussion on side of bajo: trax 11
    • Michael Guerra: accordion: trax 1,2,6,7,9,10,11, background vocals: trax 1,3,7,10,11
    • Bobby Flores: Fiddle: trax 1,2,5,6, peddle steel: trax1,3,6
    • Eddie Cantu; drums: all tracks except 11
    • Joel Guzman: Accordion trax: 4,8,12,13, Hammond B3: trax 8,12,13
    • Erik Hokkanan: Fiddle: trax 3, viola: trax5
    • Redd Volkaert: telecaster: trax 4,8,12,13
    • Chepe Solis: Spanish guitar: trax 11, requinto trax10
    • John Permenter: fiddle: trax 8,12,13
    • Hemry Gomez: vihuella: trax 3
    • Steve Carter: background vocals: trax 4,8,12,12
    • Teye: flamenco guitar trax 13
    • Aurturo Garza: congos: trax 13
    • Marty Muse: peddle steel: trax 4,12
    • Jorge Knott: bongos: trax 9,11, guiro: trax 9,10, block & clave: trax 9

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“A woman counsels a bandit hiding out in the hills above the Rio Grande… cruel parting words circle in memory like buzzards… dust devils turn the sands… two shadows gently touch on a moonlight walk… a shot rings out in an alley… hungry dogs gather in the street… on a flight from Sonora, a woman kisses a faded photograph and says goodbye to her lover… after three years a woman still feels her lost lover in the night… a girl sleeping in the desert wakes to witness a midnight burial… a bottle crashes through a windshield at a Saltillo gas station and a car goes speeding into the night… a girl pawns her Virgin de Guadelupe for a last fix… a spirit floats down a dark hallway past her own name scrawled on the wall… a Colt 45 bolsters a woman’s faith in fate… a distant friend remains true as the tides… two lovers breathe the same air, their shadows make one shadow, but it’s only a dream… a woman sings a love song to her guitar… a star falls… it’s The Long Slow Decline of Carmelita.”
–by Robert Earl Hardy, Townes Van Zandt biographer (A Deeper Blue; The Life and Music of Townes Van Zandt, University of North Texas Press 2009)

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