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Exclusive: “Death Himself” is a Haunting Tale from Canadian Hillbilly Band Petunia and the Vipers

petunia01While listening to Petunia and the Vipers, it’s easy to pick out a variety of influences- country, some twang, western swing, and the likes. But there’s also more with a hint of rock and a dash of jazz. Is this starting to sound like a recipe of sorts? Sure…if David Lynch was the guy serving it all up.

Canadian roots singer by the name of Petunia is about to release Dead Bird on the Highway (May 20th) with a band whose instruments include an upright bass and lap steel guitar. It’s probably redundant to say this band is unique…and eclectic. With occasional yodels and some Latin rhythm, too, it’s hard to tell people about Petunia and the Vipers. Instead, just listen…and start with the track “Death Himself”.

Petunia describes the song: “Officially billed as ‘Mento’ music, which is kind of like what Jamaican Country music might sound like to the uninitiated. Part French and English storyline, asking us all to look towards the final days of our lives and greet them with a somber, yet alacritous mood.”

-Brenda Hillegas

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