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Recorded live with two microphones, Sand & Lines is Athens, Georgia’s Venice Is Sinking’s direct attempt to strip their sound down to its emotive core. Whether it’s Dolly Parton’s “Jolene,” Dean Wareham’s “Tugboat” or Chips Moman’s “The Wurlitzer Prize (I Don’t Want to Get Over You),” Venice Is Sinking deliver an acoustic brooding worthy of Bonnie “Prince” Billy or even the Cowboy Junkies, whose Trinity Sessions could be seen as serving as an inspiration for the group’s lonely sound. No matter the reasons or true inspirations, the fact is the sound of this lo-fi live recording at the Georgia Theatre in 2008 is positively inspired. The pedal steel weeps with the sorrowful harmonies that coalesce around “The Grey Line,” “Lucky Lady” and “Bardstown Road.” ”Falls City” nearly picks up a pulse, and “Pebble Hill” finds one, but in the tradition of pure slo-core, the music remains strongest at its most solemn and still. It’s like eavesdropping in on a close-knit country choir who has accidentally left the windows open and the music is being heard across the fields.

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This album is the perfect soundtrack for a mellow evening. The sound is haunting and open and wonderful. Each song tends to creshendo and the entire album bulds as well. It's so unique and true. I LOVE IT!


Venice Is Sinking does an amazing version of Dolly Parton's Jolene! I am not a country music fan but I loved this song so I was looking for a good version. This blew my expectatons away. :D


Formed: 2003 in Athens, GA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Athens, GA, indie pop band Venice Is Sinking began as a one-man band, that one man being singer/guitarist Daniel Lawson, who released the first Venice Is Sinking "album" in the summer of 1997 in his hometown of Peachtree City, GA, in the form of 50 handmade cassette copies. In September 2003, Lawson, having relocated to Athens, founded the group Venice Is Sinking, adding viola/flute/violin/cello player and singer Karolyn Troupe and drummer Lucas Jensen, plus keyboard player Alex Thibadoux and later...
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