“Saving My Heart for the Butcherman” is a vaudevillian banjo folk single by Curtis Eller.
The sound of the track (actually entitled: “Butcherman (Shine a Light on the Abattoir)”) is captured very fat and hot, sounding raw and rewarding. Click clack and loose tom percussion accent a tinny banjo line. Vocally Anna Roberts-Gevalt provides a perfect harmony to Eller's voice, which has a very spirited and pure roots-folk timbre. Mixed within the overall style of the track his vocal seems to be very similar to Jimbo Mathus, another modern Vaudeville revivalist... so similar in fact that I spent a considerable about of time trying to check out if they were the same person. It appears they're not, but I'm still suspicious.
Included on the single is a “solo” version of the track, which I found strange due to the track already being pretty unplugged. Upon listening, however, it's quite clear that the solo version is a much welcome bonus... as it catches an even more raw take on Eller's style, and a more stripped back and intimate rendition that doesn't fail to please.
“Saving My Heart for the Butcherman” is available at Curtis Eller's Bandcamp page.