197: Music and Ghosts (with Erica Waters)

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Do you hear some otherworldly banjo music coming from the pines? Don’t worry, we’ve brought on author Erica Waters to guide us through her new book, the ghosts of her childhood, and murder ballads. Also humidity? Just ghosts.

Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about or mentions of death, familial death, racism, social/financial inequity, generational trauma, murder, violence against women, implied cannibalism, and death by hanging.

List of murder ballads:

- Young Hunting by Sheila Kay Adams

- Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight

- Maneater by Blue Eyed Blondes

- Oh the Wind and Rain by Jerry Garcia

Housekeeping

- Recommendation: This week, Julia recommends Teenage Bounty Hunters on Netflix. Check out our previous book recommendations, guests’ books, and more at spiritspodcast.com/books

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Guest

Erica Waters grew up in the pine woods of rural Florida, though she now resides in Nashville, Tennessee. She has a Master’s degree in English and works as a university writing tutor. When she’s not writing books, you can find her hanging out with her two dogs, Nutmeg and Luna, and forgetting to practice her banjo. Ghost Wood Song is her debut novel. Her second book, The River Has Teeth, will be published in 2021.

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About Us

Spirits was created by Julia Schifini, Amanda McLoughlin and Eric Schneider. We are founding members of Multitude, an independent podcast collective and production studio. Our music is "Danger Storm" by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

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