Gotta say, love your lyrics and your singing. It goes without saying that you rip on the guitar and banjo (and just about any other instrument), and that you are a top-notch song writer, recorder, artist. I am always looking for music that has humor and pathos all rolled together, preferably with a structure that feels solid yet unfamiliar. I already own all of your releases, and they make up 75% of what I have been happily listening to for the last twenty years. I never get tired of what you have produced - from the livers to the oft mended raiment to dirt on the angel to rocket to ambient works to jr sampled to stove up. Any recommendations of other artists that you think produce music with a similar vibe? Any genre or era is ok with me, so lob us one from left field if you don't mind. Over and out...keep up the great work.
well, i don't really know anyone that is "similar" too much but this is a list of masters i have played with, studied and worked with. vassar clements, chubby wise, ronny lane, santiago jimenez, tim o'brien, bill frisell. some other genres that have influenced my thing is 78rpm records from america's past, ambient music, noise and the avant-garde, the fluxus, 70's dub, various punk rock. thank you very much for your kind words.
Strings and Sol or Telluride?Danny Barnes responded on 04/07/2017 Next question
I've got roots in WV where several of my cousins worked in the coal mines. I was wondering if horses were used in that setting (re:Horses in the Mines), or if you were more familiar with them being used in salt mines.
I'm struggling to decipher the lyrics of that song in preparation for a family band performance at the old-time festival in WV, known as "Clifftop" which is the town where it's located. AKA the Appalachian String Band Festival, it celebrates old-time music in a big way and I want to bring part of our reunion activities to this event this summer (2017). I see old-time music and groups such as the Bad Livers as an embodiment of the heart & spirit of the WV mountain culture.
Thanks for all your inspired song writing and music through the years, because it has been such an important continuation of roots music in our country.