Thursday, May 30, 2013

Glenn Jones Shares "My Garden State"

Guitarist and songwriter, Glenn Jones, returns with the follow-up to his Thrill Jockey debut, 2011The Wanting. For My Garden State, Glenn wrote a collection of reflective and evocative tunes in his childhood home in New Jersey while taking care of his mother who suffers from Alzheimers.

As a guitarist working in the American Primitivism tradition, Glenn employs a wide variety of alternate tunings and partial capos. Listening to Glenn’s expressive playing on his six-string and 12-string guitars, as well as his five-string banjos can be entrancing, exciting, and above all, inspiring. My Garden State is an instrumental album that will impress you in how it covers a spectrum of emotional terrain, without uttering a single word.

I am thrilled to offer my second in-depth interview with Glenn (the last time was when The Wanting was released).

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Dave and MorganEve of Brown Bird Talk "Fits of Reason"

Brown Bird released their excellent new album called Fits of Reason (via the Supply & Demand label) on April 2nd. The record builds upon the ever-expanding and shape-shifting instrumentation of Dave Lamb (guitar, banjo, percussion, drums) and MorganEve Swain (vocals, violin, cello, and upright bass).

Although Dave and MorganEve captured a lot of what's to love about their live sound on Salt for Salt, the duo have really hit upon a new stride, one that finds them maintaining some of the minimalistic rawness that has entranced spectators at their live shows, while also expanding their landscape with an increased variety of instrumentation. Fits of Reason is already one of my favorite albums of this year, and one I am confident will be elevating Brown Bird's profile to new and much deserved heights.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Kurt Marschke of Deadstring Brothers Discusses "Cannery Row"

In the spring of 2012, two years since his move to Nashville from Detroit, Kurt Marschke connected with another Motor City transplant, JD Mack (formerly of Whitey Morgan & the 78s). After searching for new musical blood to make a new record with, Kurt and JD partnered up with Brad Pemberton (Ryan Adams & The Cardinals), Mike Webb (Poco), Pete Finney (Dixie Chicks, Hank Jr.), Kim Collins (Smoking Flowers), and Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson's harp player). The result of their labors is Cannery Row, a revelatory new chapter of the band's story.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

José González Tells The Story of Junip

Although José González may be best known for his acoustic solo albums (2007's In Our Nature and 2003's Veneer), his band Junip is not to be mistaken as a "José González and friends" kind of project. Instead, the trio has from the start,  always been equally composed of José Gonzaléz, Elias Araya, and Tobias Winterkorn. 

Monday, May 13, 2013

Mark Lanegan and Duke Garwood Talk "Black Pudding"

This week, enigmatic songwriter, vocalist, and frequent collaborator Mark Lanegan follows up his recent densely layered solo album, Blues Funeral, with a new project with British songwriter and guitarist Duke Garwood. The two met in 2009 at a Soulsavers show (who Lanegan has made two albums with) and the idea was born for the two to make a record together. The result, Black Pudding (Ipecac), is a mostly acoustic affair between Duke Garwood’s incredible guitar work with Mark Lanegan’s mysterious and smoky vocals.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Hilary Hawke of Dubl Handi Talks "Up Like The Clouds"

Dubl Handi (pronounced “double handy”) is a Brooklyn-NY based string band named after the washboard company of the 1800's. Although the project originally began as a duo of banjo player and singer Hilary Hawke and multi-instrumentalist Brian Geltner, the two have recently added guitarist Ernie Vega, making DH a trio.

Embracing a worldly view of folk music, Dubl Handi draws from, as well as expands upon, the traditional tunes of the Northwest Appalachian region by employing percussion, guitar, drums, and banjo. These artists deliver their own unique interpretations of their favorite songs, while also throwing in a healthy dose of originals too.