Davis Hall & The Green Lanterns – ‘Carrottown’ (video)
Maple Blues 2022 Drummer of the Year, Jim Casson is releasing the second album from his musical adventure Davis Hall & The Green Lanterns, and we at Roots Music Canada are thrilled to premiere the video for the quirky lil’ single “Carrottown.”
“The video for Carrottown was shot on my farm in Niagara and features a lot of farm equipment,” said Jim, who has worked with Downchild Blues Band and the Maple Blues Band.
“Like the song, it is silly, funky and fun.”
The Green Lanterns spent the recording process for their first album searching for an identifying sound.
This album focuses on the core group of Jim on drums, N. Jay Burr on tuba, Wayne DeAdder on guitar and Mike Branton on slide guitar and a guest appearance by Mark Lalama (Sisters Euclid, Dizzy & Fay) on keyboards. The sound is funky, rootsy and fun.
As was the case on the first album, these songs were built from the ground up, starting with drum improvisations and then creating bass lines and chord structures to fit those initial drum parts. Once Jim had edited those parts into song structures, the soloists and melody players were added to the funky gumbo.
The song titles on this album once again pay tribute to Jim’s home of the Niagara Peninsula in Ontario with the names of historical villages that he found on a 1907 military topographical map that hangs in his office. The title track “Canboro Canborough” is a reference to the street that he grew up on.
Also, returning on this album are audio clips from a 1963 recording of local disc jockey, Bob Bowland, on CHOW 1470 AM in nearby Welland, as well as a few other amusing clips.