Joseph Childress announces s/t album 10/6/17

by Woody on August 7, 2017


Photo Cred: Michael Bordelon

Admittedly, I had kinda lost track of Joseph Childress since hearing his debut The Rebirths a few years back. So it was a nice surprise when a couple of new tracks popped into my inbox. Based on the first two tracks, this is going to be a pretty darn good album of folk music. The album will be released on 10/6 via the fine folks at Empty Cellar Records.

For this new record, Childress traveled to Portland to record with veteran Americana musician and producer Mike Coykendall, known for his work with artists M. Ward, Bright Eyes, Jolie Holland, She & Him and Old Joe Clarks. Joseph began with tracking guitar and vocals solo. Additional musicians Aaron Robinson (Linda Perhacs, Sean Rowe, Bridget St. John), Joey Ficken (Swords), Tom Lucas (Crooked Jades) and Coykendall layered guitars, percussion, fiddle and bass to create a hearty mountain band that pivots between spartan country, gritty pop, and outsider americana. The results are a close sound that follows in the tradition of earlier troubadours: Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, and Kate Wolf; and modern alt-country artists: Jason Molina, Jayhawks and Will Oldham, without feeling derivative. The album is permeated with authenticity in his delivery of psychedelic memories and emotional landscapes. Joseph explains, “I tried to keep it very organic, not a lot of special treatments. My goal was to make it sound as if we were playing in your living room.”

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