A.A. Bondy, Live Session #36

by Woody on December 8, 2008

A.A. Bondy’s 2007 release, American Hearts, is a deep album that begs the listener to take pause and give some thought and concentration to the music. His poetic words float over a sparse instrumentation to give them added weight. Upon hearing that Bondy would be flying solo at the session, my anticipation grew.

Fresh off catching O’Death and Elliott Brood a couple of nights before, seeing Bondy in the quiet studio was a 180 degree reversal and welcomed change of pace. I brought my son Teddy, Luke from Ha Ha Tonka joined us and, as we entered Shirk’s studio, A.A. Bondy arrived at the exact same time. His demeanor upon introduction and throughout the session was as easy going as we’ve had. The man puts off a great vibe.

As Bondy got settled in, he told us that he slept in his car at a rest stop last night. Not out of destitution, mind you. He just can’t stand the incessant chemicals that some of the major hotel chains use, so he prefers to avoid them altogether. That’s just an interesting side note.

He started off with “Mightiest of guns,” a track that you won’t find on a American Hearts, and slowly worked his way through four tracks off of the critically acclaimed album. Two highlights are “Rapture Sweet Rapture” and “There Is A Reason,” but it’s just as easy to listen to the finger-picking on “Vice Rag” and “World Without End.”

At a time when so many acts are playing music for the sales numbers instead of staying true to themselves, Bondy is refreshing beyond words. He is a true musician in every manner. Playing in front of three or three thousand, Bondy would pour his soul into every note.

Exclusive: A.A. Bondy – Mightiest of Guns

Exclusive: A.A. Bondy – Rapture Sweet Rapture

Exclusive: A.A. Bondy – There Is A Reason

Exclusive: A.A. Bondy – Vice Rag

Exclusive: A.A. Bondy – World Without End

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Vanessa December 8, 2008 at 8:33 am

Music SWEET music.
Seeing AABondy live was one of my top shows this year. it was especially great having no idea who he was when he stepped on stage and discovering him on my own so to speak. While listening to him i was under a trance-despite his unassuming presence, his voice, words and music immediately encapsulated me. His songs are the kind you don’t want to end. I think i will stop gushing over him 😛
thanks for letting me start the week on a high note.

oz December 8, 2008 at 7:17 pm

American Hearts has become a favorite of mine also. It’s a slow grower. At first it might not jump out at you, but you’ll keep revisiting the album and soon it’s as comfortable as an old pair of brown leather shoes.

I always pictured him hopping freight trains to make his way across country, but sleeping in his car is cool.

Matt B February 7, 2009 at 12:32 am
Jo Son of Jo May 23, 2009 at 5:33 pm

Very impressive. I’m going to have to check out A.A. Bondy at Bonnaroo.

Brian September 1, 2011 at 5:39 pm


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