small towns ; big lives

by Olds Sleeper

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i recorded this album at home, in different rooms and settings, whenever the mood hit. IF you download the album, you will also get a free bonus EP. . Hidden things and ideas.

Most of these songs are some truth blended with some fiction. Creative non-fiction of sorts.

I grew up in a small town. Not a single red light in the whole town...a few stop signs.. ...lots of cornfields and dirt roads, small rivers and places to get away. . I didnt realize until later what a gift that place could be in my memory. Until looking back later---I didnt realize how that world shaped my life and my outlook ; On back country roads at night, driving under moonlight alone, it is easy to feel like your life is somehow broadcast large across the landscape.

this is lofi country and folk. ( Hiss, crackle and strum.)
i am going for a mood more than technique. I grew up listening to LPs and lots of cassettes that were handed to me-- dubs of cool songs people wanted to share and that I then shared the same way. My grandfather made a lot of tapes of bluegrass radio--- a small station out of West Virginia. I have those tapes in my basement and i put them on when i am working on something down there. ANd so the sound i make has a bit of that in it. Erratic bootlegs .

Some of the characters in these songs are drawn from the lives of people I know or have known. Some of them---friends who have moved on without explanation, others call without hesitation just to crack jokes for a half hour or so-- they check in about every six months has to get done. We all know that.

I love a lot of these people. They have made up a large part of my own story. They are the minds and voices with whom i share my thoughts, struggles and occasional wins. They usually dont ask for much...independent stubborn fools, most of them, and it makes them all the more heroic to me. .

I sincerely thank you for taking time to listen to the album and reading this.

I had a lot of fun working on these songs and it has helped me get through --- A way of making sense of my small occupation of this huge universe.

The music is free-- i only ask that if you dig it, share it. .
live fiercely,


released June 17, 2017

cover photo, -- c. 2017 , -- olds
guitar, banjo, minstrel banjo, mandolin, resonator guitar, ukelele-
"early june" is dedicated to guy clark. RIP



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Olds Sleeper Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Olds Sleeper makes all his music in Pennyslvania. He also records as Jellyspine Jenkins, keep it lofi.

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