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Kill a Spider

by The Victor Mourning

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These songs were inspired by the story of Frances ("Frankie") Stewart Silver, who was only 18 when her husband, Charles, was hacked to death with an axe in their Burke County, North Carolina, cabin just before Christmas in 1831. His body was dismembered, its parts strewn in several locations. Frankie was charged with the crime, tried, convicted, and sentenced to death. Despite strong public support for clemency, on July 22, 1833, Frankie was hanged, and her body was buried in an unmarked grave. Her story lives on in these recordings.


released December 2, 2013

Stephen Canner: vocals, guitar, & banjo
Lynne Adele: vocals & guitjo
Stefan Keydel: fiddle

Pump organ on "The Ballad of Frankie Silver" played by Scott Rader
Recorded by Scott Rader at Music Row Studio, Maryville, Tennessee, USA
"Kill a Spider (Frankie Silver)" Written by Stephen Canner © 2013 Backwoods Modern (BMI) All Rights Reserved
"The Ballad of Frankie Silver" Traditional, arranged by The Victor Mourning
Cover image: Odilon Redon, The Smiling Spider, charcoal on paper, 1881. Musée du Louvre, Paris.
Sleeve design: Will Branch & Lynne Adele


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The Victor Mourning Austin, Texas

Based in Austin, Texas, The Victor Mourning perform acoustic anachronisms from another century that are firmly rooted in this one. Thought provoking, starkly haunting songs tell tales of grief-torn outcasts, confidences betrayed, piracy, and murder. The band creates music with an old time feel filtered through a modern sensibility, at once both relevant and true to its ancient roots. ... more

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