KEVIN DANZIG - - BOX CARS
AUG/SEPT 2008 REVIEW IN DIRTY LINEN MAGAZINE
"If you're going to do an album based on historic events, it only makes sense to record it in the vicinity of the tales that your'e about to recount. Such was the case with Danzig's sixth album, his best yet, which chronicles various historical chapters in the tri-state area of Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. After scouring the region's museums and conducting countless interviews, Danzig trekked to Mike West's relocated Ninth Ward Pickin' Parlor in Lawrence, Kansas, where West assembled a small squadron(including himself)to back Danzig. With the arrangements varying anywhere from folk and bluegrass to quasi radio-ready folk rock, Danzig delves into well-researched tales of Native Americans ("We Won't Live Like This"), polluted towns ("You Can See Forever"), and the best friend a languishing miner could ever have, a mule ("Toby"). Interestingly, the story behind Danzig's gospel-ish "The Promised Land" took place just blocks away from West's studio when a retinue of slaves led by the "Black Moses", Benjamin Singleton, settled Lawrence as free men. No doubt Danzig has uncovered some fascinating tales from an oft-overlooked region of America. Overall, the quality of music speaks for itself."
---Dan Willging, Dirty Line