G Burns Jug Band is hard at work preparing our third album of old American music to be released in 2017! We invite you to visit our fundraising page here to learn more about the project and get a sneak peak at some videos we’ll be releasing in the coming weeks. Donations starting at $10 will secure your pre-order of the new record in digital form, with larger amounts getting you physical copies and other fine gifts. You can also help by spreading the word: sharing our fundraising page with others on social media or getting your friends to our next show.
This is our second time crowd-funding a record. In 2015 fans and friends helped fund our album ‘The Southern Pacific and the Santa Fe.’ All donors received a copy of that record along with other gifts. We took that record on a tour through the South, and it won a San Diego Music Award for ‘Best Local Recording.’ We took that record to performances with folk music luminaries like Jim Kweskin. We have high hopes for our next album and with your help, who knows where it’ll take us?
Thank you for supporting old American music!
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I am releasing my first album under my own name, “A Season In The Hills Of Mexico.” Like my other recording and performance projects, this album collects old and traditional American music from the early 20th century, but this album is a more autobiographical statement than those I’ve made with the G Burns Jug Band or The Darling Brothers. I’ve collected seven tunes that together resonate with my experience of moving to California from Kentucky seven years ago, and they provide a loose narrative of this chapter of my life.
Picking old American tunes for this album, I found myself drawn to those that spoke to or about the Western landscape, it’s history, or at least felt true to my emotional experience of being in it and looking back eastward. For that reason, this album isn’t intended as some historically accurate reconstruction of old Western music or American Folk Music, but is some attempt to make sense of this place and feel a little more at home in it.
I’ll be performing at Folk Arts Rare Records a set of tunes associated with the legendary Kentuckian, Roscoe Holcomb on occasion of the release of a never-before heard live recording from the 1972 San Diego Folk Festival. Holcomb was invited to the West Coast by Folk Arts’ original owner, Lou Curtiss, who also engineered the recording and stored it for over four decades. Now, Tompkins Square will be releasing the performance on vinyl and as a digital download, and hosting a release party on December 5th at 2pm. Official release notes below:
Tompkins Square label is proud to announce the release of the first commercially available full live concert recording of old-time legend Roscoe Holcomb. The vinyl LP will be released in limited quantity on Black Friday via independent record stores. The CD and digital versions will be available widely on December 4th.
Discovered by folklorist John Cohen in 1959 in East Kentucky, Roscoe Holcomb is among the most revered traditional musicians to emerge during the folk boom of the 60’s. A favorite of Bob Dylan (who name-checked him in his 2014 MusiCares speech), Eric Clapton, and many others, Holcomb’s high lonesome singing and driving banjo style can be heard on several classic Folkways recordings.
San Diego State Folk Festival 1972 was recorded at the annual event produced by Lou Curtiss, who provides insightful notes on how the concert came together. John Cohen, author of ‘The High Lonesome Sound’ (Steidl) also contributes new notes to the set. Previously unseen photographs from the event were shot by Virginia Curtiss. Jean Ritchie duets with Holcomb on a beautiful eight-minute version of ‘Wandering Boy’.
The new G Burns Jug Band album is finished and released! Listen at our bandcamp page.
Just added a small portfolio of recordings I’ve engineered either as assistant engineer at UC San Diego’s music department, or on my own time. Baroque arias, experimental noise, country music: it’s all over the place.