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    Vibraphonist/percussionist Mike Dillon has spent the last three decades playing well over 200 shows a year with both his own band, as well as a sideman with artists including Rickie Lee Jones, Les Claypool and Ani DiFranco. So when the pandemic hit in early 2020 forcing Dillon off the road, he instinctively directed his perpetually restless creative energy to writing and recording. Residing in Kansas City after spending 15 years in New Orleans, Dillon and producer Chad Meise would track a trilogy of albums: 'Shoot The Moon,' 'Suitcase Man' and '1918.' Collaborating with his record label Royal Potato Family, they would release these records exclusively via Bandcamp just days after they were mixed and mastered. In 2021, those albums will now receive the full vinyl treatment, as well as complete digital release across all streaming outlets.

    The second recording in the series, 'Suitcase Man' is a nine-song cycle through which Dillon examine his life and choices made over the past 55 years. It's a distinct entry in his extensive discography, notable for its strikingly honest lyricism and minimalist arrangements that incorporate sparse vibraphone and percussion with a handful of background vocals by Tiff Lamson of Givers. Songs like "Empty Bones," "Turkish Rose" and "Matthew" represent Dillon at his most creatively daring, while confirming his ascent into the upper echelon of cult outsiders in the lineage of artists like Tom Waits, Harry Partch and Captain Beefheart.

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1.
Living on the road for 30 years never made myself a home traveling from place to place  walking alone like a human Suitcase, Suitcase  Suitcase Man dropped my bags on the floor instruments  by the door My home is a chevy van  guess that why she calls me Suitcase Man Suitcase Man Suitcase Man Suitcase Man Now that van is parked outside I'm gonna learn to live inside I can unpack myself  Empty my Heart on the shelf Suitcase  Suitcase  Suitcase Man
2.
Turkish Rose 03:00
Heard that You went out I went out too I wonder  If your brain Tells you the same At the hospital They are trying You had a cure But now you’re dying The sky outside Is finally blue The world is lonely Without you I’m on a greyhound to la You’re standing topless In the waves  At the hospital  For the second time Will your thoughts Crucify you this time Or will you survive Your beautiful mind
3.
Empty Bones 04:08
Here comes that angry feeling same ole Drunken wheeling Same Old Cliche Pattern Gonna rub my magic lantern run my red  baton wave my golden wand go dancing in the rain more more stop the pain Devil says this is new  Angel says think it through James Brown says get on up History says i'm gonna fuck it up Got me a tiny wife less drama in my life i gotta second in my head  act on the thoughts my end up dead because heroin knows my cells tells me where the dealer dwells my blood a map on empty bones i start to hunt when i'm all alone Devil says this is new  angel says think it through James Brown says get on up History says i'm gonna fuck it up Write you out of my head  cut you out of this thread Write you out of my head  cut you out of this thread
4.
On The Lamb 02:50
Unthread the needle Untying the knot Unsnarl the lie Cause he always got caught Not talking to you Got nothing new You see black and white Til I feel Black and blue Cause I always got caught Ring lost its stone Dog dropped its bone This bird has flown Don’t pick up the phone  I don’t wanna get caught Don’t speak like a girl Don’t call me daddy Don’t offer your help  It all ends up  Badly Cause we always got caught The fence was a wall The fairytale cracked Foundation rotting Not coming back Cause you always got caught Prince ! Find her slipper - wake her from sleep This wolf in wolf’s clothing Is an on the lamb  Sheep And she always gets caught Your party is over Im that lingering guest A leftover lover  Who left a hot mess Cause they always got caught
5.
I hear gunshots In  the middle of the night I hear gunshots Loud and tight A drug deal gone foul A cop losing his cool Rural pride A suicide I hear gunshots  In the middle of the night I check the locks And hold you tight I hear gunshots  In the middle of the day He did it cause it wouldn’t This one in school He wasn’t cool Show me your hands Show me your hands Just this innocent man Show me your hands Such an innocent man
6.
989 Miles 04:02
Feeling  Invisible Clouds, floating by Hold me help me help you Hold me help you  Let me go Hold me  Help me help you Let me go She’s screaming at the chickens He’d howlin at the moon Mister wombats whining Whatcha gonna do Peregrine and beignet So far away 989 miles away See them monday  See them monday Hold me help me help you Hold me help you  Let me go Hold me  Help me help you Let me go
7.
Roly Poly 03:01
Roly Poly Eatin' corn and taters Hungry every minute of the day Roly Poly Gnawin' on a biscuit As long as he can chew it it's okay He can eat an apple pie And never even bat an eye He likes anything from soup to hay Roly Poly Daddy's little fatty I bet he's gonna be a man someday Roly Poly Scrambled eggs for breakfast Bread and jelly twenty times a day Roly Poly He eats a hearty dinner It takes lots of strength to run and play He's up at dawn to do the chores And he runs both ways through all the stores He works up an appetite that way Roly Poly Daddy's little fatty Fatty's gonna be a man someday
8.
Tiny Pink  Tiny pink Asses with our tiny pink Tiny Pink Asses  Momma told me i was king I was the center of the universe 5 years old sitting in church asking momma when god was gonna shut up  with my  Tiny Pink  Tiny pink Asses with my tiny pink Tiny Pink Ass Daddy Gave me my first god Complex I would dress up like the evil priest give all the kids their first communion go running naked down the street with our  Tiny Pink  Tiny pink Asses with our tiny pink Tiny Pink Asses  We would play detective  we would be John Waynes Gun Smoking Marshall Dillon Killing all the indians with our Tiny Pink  Tiny pink Asses with our tiny pink Tiny Pink Asses  We didn't kill but we took what they taught us in their history books Genocidal manifest destiny I am them you are me with our  Tiny Pink  Tiny pink Asses with our tiny pink Tiny Pink Asses   
9.
Matthew 02:47
you never went bald you never went grey you never grew old you stole you away  what triggered the trigger final straw  sudden crack you never did leave  but you’ll never come back your final letter  didn’t say goodbye  my beautiful brother did you fight did you cry was it the future  or was it the past smoke filled exhale  proceeding the blast  were you always alone with your radiant smile did every breath  feel like running a mile you never went bald you never went grey you never grew old you stole you away 

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Recorded to 2-inch Analog Tape in the Great Quarantine of 2020

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released November 6, 2020

Recorded & Mixed by Chad Meise
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