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Flowers on her Grave is a country murder ballad. It tells the horrid story of Rosie, or better, of her haunting ghost and the peculiar misfortunes she brings upon those who get too close to her grave.

The song is the first of a few singles to be released this and the coming year, preceding Silas J. Dirge's in the works sophomore album.

Flowers on her Grave is available on all streaming services. See links above.

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Personnel on this track:
Jan Kooiker: guitar and vocals
Harald de Ruiter: guitar
Jan Paul de Bondt: the sad machine
Nicole Schouten: backing vocals
Justin Zandbergen: backing vocals

Tags: #murder ballad, #country, #alt-country, #southern gothic, #gothic americana

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Silas J. Dirge is the moniker adopted by songwriter Jan Kooiker. With mostly character driven and story based lyrics he explores subjects like death, religion and (lost) love while accompanying himself on a beat up acoustic guitar. He is often aided by musician friends, with Harald de Ruiter as a returning contributor on electric guitar.

Silas J. Dirge's debut album Tales of Woe was released in December 2018. The album got good reviews and as well as getting added to numerous Spotify playlists its song On the Train of Aches was used as a soundtrack for the USA short film The Final Hour Of Roger Lawrence.

With his single Flowers on her Grave (2019) Silas J. Dirge's writing has evolved into a somewhat less brooding direction, albeit still with unmistakable grim undertones.

Before releasing music under the name Silas J. Dirge, Jan Kooiker - together with Harald de Ruiter - played in alt-country band The Information from 2008 until its disbandment in 2015, having released 2 albums, 3 EP's and 1 single.

In 2018 Silas J. Dirge's debut album Tales of Woe was released. A dark-country album containing pretty, well, woeful tales.