Saturday, 17 January 2015
News - Steve Gunn teams up with The Black Twig Pickers for new album
Steve Gunn and The Black Twig Pickers are key figures in the current resurgence of American traditional and folk music. The Twigs play a fervent form of traditional music from their Appalachian homeland, while Gunn’s songwriting and inventive guitar playing are driven by his restless mind, having released 9 solo and collaborative albums since his debut in 2007.
Seasonal Hire, their first full-length collaborative release combines Gunn’s circular, meditative guitar playing with the Twigs’ energetic mastery of old time instrumentation in a purely acoustic environment resulting in a warm, energetic, and exceptional album. It collects four original tunes and one traditional piece, with Gunn and The Black Twig Pickers’ Mike Gangloff and Sally Anne Morgan all taking turns with lead vocal and songwriting. Like all of the Twigs’ albums, it was recorded live, without overdubs or amplification. The majority of the album was recorded at Joseph Dejarnette’s Studio 808a in rural Topeco, Virgina, while additional recording was done closer to Gunn’s New York home at the famed Black Dirt Studios. Black Dirt has been the home for many groundbreaking records by artists such as Charlie Parr, Jack Rose, Bill Orcutt, Expo 70, and Tom Carter. The album was mastered by Patrick Klem.
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