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Purgatory Hill
pat mAcdonald with melaniejane
Produced by pat mAcdonald and Steve Hamilton

“Nothing less than a shocking reinvention of blues and rock music.” —Martin Jack Rosenblum, Shepherd Express

Singer/songwriter/one-man-band pat mAcdonald performs here under the name of an alter ego called Purgatory Hill. On these thirteen tracks he plays a Lowebow “Purgatory Hill Harp,” which consists of a cigar box and two poles with three guitar strings and a bass string attached. Slide guitar, banjo, and bass seem to erupt from its massive amplified sound. Add neck-rack harmonica, electrified foot stomp, and partner melaniejane ( on tambourine, maracas, keyboards, and backing vocals and you have, in the words of one critic, “a sexy little freak show of a duo!”

“Dark and Dirty. . . .  All that is swamp, guts, and glory.
”—Lane Klozier, Maximum Ink

pat mAcdonald is a singer, guitarist, and songwriter currently touring with musician melaniejane. As a member of Timbuk3, he was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1987. He is cofounder of the Steel Bridge Songfest, an annual benefit concert and songwriting festival held on the second weekend in June in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. melaniejane is a singer/songwriter, cellist, guitarist, pianist, and frequent collaborator with fellow musician Victoria Vox. Chosen as the 2003 Best of Milwaukee Female Performer, she has also performed throughout the U.S. appearing with various artists including: Sam Llanas (The BoDeans), Victor DeLorenzo (Violent Femmes), Brian VanderArk (The Verve Pipe), and Sally Timms (Mekons).

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Cover image has red text in front of a hand playing a guitar.

March 2010

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ISBN 978-1-891609-11-4
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