“What Remains” was inspired in part by traditional murder ballads: folk songs that tell haunting stories about true crimes of the past. Flannery O’Connor’s short story “The River” also provided some inspiration.
The cover artwork is a painting by Julyan Davis, whose work is also inspired by the murder ballad tradition.
Charming Disaster is a songwriting and performance duo based in Brooklyn, NY, formed by musicians Ellia Bisker and Jeff Morris in 2012.
Inspired by the gothic humor of Edward Gorey, the noir storytelling of Raymond Chandler, the stylish aesthetic of French new wave film, the murder ballads of the Americana tradition, and the dramatic flair of the cabaret, they write songs that tell stories about love, death, crime, ancient mythology, and the paranormal.
Their music has been featured on the podcast Welcome to Night Vale, and they were awarded “best closing credits music” by the 2016 Garden State Film Festival. They released their debut album, Love, Crime & Other Trouble, in 2015, and their second album, Cautionary Tales, will be released in spring 2017.
Find out more at CharmingDisaster.com.
“A sometimes-sad, sometimes-humorous look at ballads that have preserved a part of America’s crazed, violent history.” Kirkus Reviews
In CrimeSong, law professor and authentic storyteller Richard H. Underwood recreates in engaging and folksy prose the true facts behind twenty-four Southern murder ballads. Underwood has resurrected these stories and shares them with the reader through his “old lawyer trifocals.”