In the past couple of weeks, I found myself going back to a piece that I'd started working on a few years ago -- probably because it's in a slower triple meter that's somewhat calming for me. This is a condensed one-minute version, featuring piano and guitar, for the 60 Seconds and Under #2 MeFi Music Challenge. [more inside]
Improvised acoustic guitar / singing. Recorded on phone. A bluegrass standard, but I'm playing it as a stream of consciousness improvisation. Usually these days my playing is pretty much by the book, but here I was thinking about ecstatic / outside players like John Fahey and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. No patching in. Only one take. No overdubbing. Get it right in the moment. Be real and accept flaws as long as they don't spoil anything important. [more inside]
This mp3 was converted from a video I made, recording stereo audio straight into my phone. It's a rough draft with minimal instrumentation and arrangement I'm hoping to develop further with a group that recently started coming together called The Wishing Well Divers. [more inside]
The first song from my new EP - Americana fingerpicked singer-songwriter folk-rock-ish type music
A foot tapping piano-based rocker with some catchy riffs and pretty little intro that walks the line of being a little too long but IMO really sets the mood for the song.
An arrangement of the traditional fiddle tune with its not-often-heard lyrics. Full album now streaming on Bandcamp. [more inside]
Snarky Americana. Mostly about a girl I dated once who just lovvvveed reaching into my wallet.
The first song from my new EP, In Truth, available for free download. An Americana acousticish song about getting lost.
A popular 19th century minstrel tune with fretless banjo, tambourine and vocals. (Different from the old-time tune by the same name, and not related to Old Joe Clark either.) Lyrics as recorded are not offensive.* [more inside]
My friend Chris showed up the other day with a terrific two chord song he wrote, so we sat down and blasted it out. He's such a great lyricist with a great rusty voice reminiscent of John Prine. Not the kind of thing I normally do but we had a lot of fun and I love this track. Americana I guess.
Drunk dialling America post 9/11 from Nashville. I miss America. [more inside]
Here's my cover of Lucinda William's song Passionate Kisses. [more inside]
From a new album of songs adapted from an old Baptist hymnal written by my great-great grandfather, who was deacon of a church in Weatherford, Texas many years ago.
Ever since I first saw John Lee Hooker's utterly captivating, almost terrifyingly powerful performance of it, I've been a lover of this song. RL Burnside covered it as well. This is my humble (and following those two performances, I really mean that) offering, from a little house in the hills of Nagano prefecture, Japan. Video here.
This is the title track off an EP I just finished. Pedal Steel, shakers, and icy vocals. [more inside]
So a good long while back I posted an early demo version of this song. This, right here, is the final finished product that is on the EP. [more inside]
I've posted this song and then it's evolved version - now here it is in its FINAL (almost) entirety. [more inside]
Those familiar with relatively obscure early blues, and/or those who've seen the R. Crumb documentary Crumb might know this one, originally recorded in 1930 by Geeshie Wiley. Here's the Ghost Steppers (duo incarnation) performing the tune on August 16, 2010. The one-year-old who was gleefully running about the room and occasionally trying to ascend to the stage may occasionally be heard in this recording. He was damn cute. Video at YouTube.
In the very first hour of the brand new year of 2010, I was on a stage in Tokyo, part of Mike Watt's yearly "We Jam Econo" event, singing about death. Video of this same performance can be seen at YouTube or Vimeo. [more inside]
This is a wicked rough, one take demo of one of the seven songs I will be recording with a full band for my EP. I would love to hear about what you think. [more inside]
More "americana" from that woodshed in Sweden. Recorded on a battered radio/cassette player in 1984(?) so its low fi. We called ourselves The Early Puritans on the occasions we actually got paid for a gig. [more inside]
My band recorded this in my basement the night before our show at the blind pig. (The second song is Wasted Hearts.)
This is one of my favorite songs off our new album. It's kind of a country rock power ballad about a mom and her little girl trying to find a new life for themselves.
Just a song about a girl. [more inside]
A love song to the state of Michigan. [more inside]
Another song from yet another band I'm in, The Eric Weiler Band. Generally the quick-and-dirty go-to description many people find for us is along the lines of "Tom Waits singing for the E Street Band." Make your own call. I play the Hammond.
The song people always play to their darlin'. Those verses though, so heartbreaking. [more inside]
We were going for a John Cougar Mellencamp, Americana, country-rock thing. We have no interest in having a message, hence the stupid words. And we think vague singing about "Uncle Sam", "the war", "the factory", etc., is funny.
Here's my version of this most haunting of American folk songs. It's very stripped-down: just voice, drone, a bass drum and a shekere. In the time-honored folk tradition, I've made a few minor lyrics changes here and there, and the melody I'm using is different from the Dock Boggs or Stanley Brothers versions of the tune. Anyway, it's one of my very favorite traditional songs. Hope you enjoy.
Hey all. This is my band out in Philly, we're called the BUICKS. The band has been together for quite a while but this is our first recording with our new label Teletone Records. It's a mish mash of blues, soul, r&b etc....philly style. We call it Americana for lack of a better word. Anyway, this is one of the slow songs featured on the cd. Hope you all enjoy.