Nathan Bowles hunkered down with a handbuilt, open-back banjo and a jar of the hard stuff and emerged with his first solo album, the droney and galloping "A Bottle, a Buckeye," just out on Soft Abuse. Both an exploration of the sonic potential of an often-derided instrument and a showcase for an advanced song-writing sensibility, "A Bottle, a Buckeye" mixes deep choogle and unexpected squawkery into a superb into-the-night ride. We've got the cd in hand now -- stay tuned as lp copies should be available soon.
Big thanks to everyone for a great romp through England -- festivals, a return to Cafe Oto, square-dancing in Brighton, meeting BBC folks, the @#$#ing Fox & Goose -- a grand trip, all 'round. Thanks again and we hope to see you maybe next year.
But in the meantime, we've got a new record out -- an excursion into long-form, live-layered old-time called Whompyjawed. It's a sort of dance 12-inch, with two side-long songs that feature a shifting array of strings and stomps, yelps and drones -- check it out here if you're intrigued.
Black Twig Pickers are going across the sea for another romp through the UK, this time in the company of fiddler/dancer/caller/squirrel artist Sally Morgan. We're celebrating the release of the new Thrill Jockey 12-inch Whompyjawed and generally planning a sigoogly hoot all round -- see you there --
Dates are on the shows page.