Mother Lion

As Lowlands was becoming, more and more, a sort of commune-cum-songwriting workshop, Bill Swicegood saw the opportunity to focus on his own songcraft. He contrived the Mother Lion moniker to cordon off his creation of original material from his work with Brandy, which was strictly a crowdpleasing cover band. Mother Lion spent a week or two perfecting its set of songs, including bassist Jim Hammon's sublime “Simple House,” Neil Young’s “Down By The River,” and the Morricone-esque ballad “I'm The Fool,” complete save the vocal. One year into the studio's life, “Simple House” was collectively understood to be Lowlands' magnus opus.

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