Treehouse Records is the current incarnation of a series of storied record stores at the corner of 26th and Lyndale in south Minneapolis. After becoming Oar Folkjokeopus in 1972 it quickly emerged as the epicenter for the burgeoning 70s and 80s Twin Cities punk scene. Renamed Treehouse in 2001 after the Oar Folk manager took over the business, the store remains a staple of the Twin Cities underground/independent music community and the best source for vinyl in the state.
Back in 1958, the mythical William “Cat-Iron” Carradine recorded this obscure but legendary gem in his own living room with folklorist Frederic Ramsey, Jr. The original Folkways LP sells for $100 or thereabouts IF you can find one! This fine reissue from the folks at Exit Stencil Records in Cleveland, Ohio includes a reprint of the original liner notes and photos in a booklet, a gorgeous black and white cover, and translucent yellow vinyl. Carradine recorded one side’s worth of blues and another of blues-inflected gospel. Both are amazing. Twin Cities music fans will be familiar with Koerner, Ray & Glover’s adaptation of “Jimmy Bell,” Cat-Iron’s best known song because of this fact. Poorly distributed, Treehouse Records made the effort to buy two boxes directly from the label, and we are selling it for $19.99, which is $5 cheaper than the label themselves are selling it for! Buy it from the folks on 26th & Lyndale who positively LIVE for reissues like this one!