Mark-Antony-Dogs of War SongOne of my favorite songs to perform from my new album – Outlaws and Bystanders – is Dogs of War, which is the story of Mark Antony’s funeral speech (plus a passage from his speech to Caesar’s corpse) from the Shakespeare play, Julius Caesar. It’s packed with emotion as Antony, grieved over the loss of his king, vows revenge on those who committed the murder.

Then he speaks to the crowd at Caesar’s funeral – allowed to do so by the powers that be (the very murderers, themselves) because they feel secure that Antony cannot, even if he tried, stir the crowd to any kind of retaliatory action. But boy-howdy, were THEY wrong. Antony, armed only with words, turns an angry crowd completely around. And he does so without really overtly seeming to call for a revolt. He basically says: “I’m just a guy who is here not to say anything great about Caesar (“I come not to praise Caesar, but to bury him”), because it’s obvious how great a guy he was.” Pretty sly, huh? He goes on, “Oh, you didn’t know? OK, well then let me clue you in about the awesome things this man did for you. Surely if you had really known what an awesome guy he really was (and modest too, apparently), you’d be pretty pissed off that he was murdered by the guys he thought he could trust. Anyone with any honor who had known would want revenge. Oh, you do have honor? And now you know? Wow. Well I’m not good with words (shya! – like saying “unaccustomed as I am to public speaking….”), but if I were the kind of guy who COULD find the right words in a situation like this, then I’d pretty much call for the people to revolt against these bastards!” (“Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war!”)

Lisa Theriot wrote this song. In the liner notes, she describes the song like this: “we thought we’d borrow from Shakespeare again.  It is the ides of March, and Caesar has been murdered.  His loyal man, Mark Antony, vows to Caesar’s bloody corpse that the killers will pay, but Antony is alone and weaponless. All he has are his words.” Yup. Because everyone knows how ineffective as weapons words can be as weapons;).

Hear the song below:

For information on the songs, along with lyrics, you can download a pdf of the liner notes here: Outlaws and Bystanders Liner Notes

Buy Outlaws and Bystanders (or individual songs from the album) here:

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Ken Theriot: Outlaws and Bystanders

If you would like to hear the songs all the way through (rather than just the 30-second samples on CD Baby), stop by the album page on Reverb Nation – Click Here.

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New Album Now On Amazon MP3

by Ken Theriot on March 26, 2014

As “Outlaws and Bystanders,” my new album, starts makings its way to all the digital stores on the web (which is what CD Baby does), I’ll try to update everyone on the major ones like iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Google Play, Rdio, Rhapsody and Shzam. Apparently there are over 95 digital partners that CD Baby will eventually tie into for distribution!

But today I am posting that Amazon MP3 is now carrying “Outlaws and Bystanders.” So that puts it on CD Baby, iTunes and Amazon MP3 so far.

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For folks who like to shop at those sites, take a listen to the new songs!

I’ll post more updates as the occur.

Cheers,

Ken

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New Album Is Now On iTunes

March 25, 2014

The new album, “Outlaws and Bystanders,” is now on iTunes! It’s been available in one form or another for almost two weeks, having been released at a concert on March 12th. But most people like to listen to their music on mobile devices these days, and so were waiting until the announcement that “Outlaw” and [...]

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Outlaws and Bystanders Is Now Available

March 24, 2014

It’s finally here and finally available for both download (full album or individual songs) and/or the physical CD! The new album – “Outlaws and Bystanders” – was a long time in the works but the final result is, I think, pretty darned good. Yeah, yeah, I know. That sounds like bragging. But trust me when [...]

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“Outlaws and Bystanders” Is Done!

February 20, 2014

It was longer in the works than we imagined it would be, but the new album – “Outlaws and Bystanders” is finally done and submitted for mastering and pressing! Lisa (Lisa Theriot, my wife, producer and songwriting partner) and I finished the last upload to Oasis Disc Manufacturing at 3:30 am this morning (last night?). [...]

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New Album Almost Done!

February 14, 2014

OK, yes. It was supposed to be done last year. But then it was all emergency rooms and doctors offices and surgeries and – well, you get the idea. But this year…in fact next week(!), my new album will finally be done! Below is a vine video I just posted of Lisa and I doing [...]

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Help Me Pick Songs For My Concert

January 19, 2014

My new album – Outlaws and Bystanders – will finally be out in early March. And I’ll be putting on a CD release concert at Gulf Wars in March at The Green Dragon tavern (time and day TBA). This show will feature several of the songs from the new album, so there will not be [...]

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Christmas Album And Status Of Outlaws And Bystanders

December 7, 2013

I’ve been feeling a bit torn in many directions lately. It seems life comes at you randomly with a lot of entropic chaos. Since It’s the holiday season again, I’ve been doing a bit of promotion for our (with my lovely wife, Lisa Theriot) Christmas album – The Gifts of Midwinter. I’ve been doing most [...]

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St. Crispin’s Day Song – Band of Brothers

October 25, 2013

There’s kind of a full spread on this over at the Raven Boy Music site. But since the song is on a “Ken Theriot” album, I guess it sorta kinda makes sense to mention it here too;). Today is St. Crispin’s Day. If you’re a fan of Shakespeare, you’ll probably know that one of the [...]

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Latest Update On The New Album – Outlaws and Bystanders

October 11, 2013

Hi Everyone. I’m sorry for all the delays on the release of my latest album (yeah, you can call them albums again now, since CDs are going the way of all things), but you can blame my bad medical luck in 2013. I had 3 surgeries and just found out I’m having another one in [...]

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