The Third Dark Americana Album
We're working on the third installment of the Dark Americana series - "American Gothic". Scroll down to see the details. To be updated on its progress, please send us an email !
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08/13/23 So… AMERICAN GOTHIC IS COMPLETED!!!! It is scheduled for an online release to all the usual streaming services during the first or second week of October. Join the newsletter for updates on vinyl releases. In the meantime, “The Devil Whammy” will be released in a full dance version in time for Halloween and there will also be a French version sung by Isa Pill from Les Manteez! They are my label mates on MAY I Records. VERY excited about this! Les Manteez will record a song from “Mojave” and I will cover a song from their album “Magical Seeds”. FUN ! Can’t wait to start.
“Mojave is available on vinyl and CD! Contact the good people at MAY I Records and order one at: email@example.com.
“American Gothic” has been challenging. Not only finding the right songs to be included (there are 19 outtakes from the album), but how it would all shake together to feel complete. Hunter and I went to Santa Fe, New Mexico for a week, looking for inspiration, or at least clues. The Universe did not let us down. We were introduced to the yarn art of the Huichol culture of Mexico in a folk art gallery. They call themselves Wixarika (so shall I). The Wixarika trace their origins back to the Aztecs. When the Spanish conquered Mexico, the hillside Wixarika people were beyond their reach. As a result, they retained their culture for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Their people travelled between Mexico to New Mexico, Texas and Colorado.
The yarn artwork resonates with the intent of “American Gothic”; the Wixarika culture is threatened by modern western society. Many of its children wish to live a modern, convenient lifestyle. Alcoholism is another threat. Peyote is central to their religion and has created problems with the Mexican government. To see an ancient way of life slowly succumbing to newer ideals struck a chord with us. I couldn’t stop talking about the painting the week we spent in Santa Fe. It is a gorgeous piece of art.
The name of the artist is on the back of the painting. This led to several months of detective work to find her, finally getting an email from her daughter through the owner of a gallery in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. They live in the hills 3 ½ hours north of Puerto Vallarta and as we understand, they only
come down from their property for supplies and to sell artwork. The last song on the album, “One Old Coyote” was born from the search and discovery of their culture. Now we sit and wait, hoping the daughter returns my email asking for her mother’s permission to use her beautiful yarn art. The picture you see here will HOPEFULLY be the front cover of “American Gothic”. We will see. In the meantime, we’re kicking around ideas for a Plan B cover.
07/07/23 - well THAT was weird! Some updates have disappeared from this page! Hmm. Anyway, "American Gothic" is in its final stages. Waiting for some vocals from Hunter, writing lyrics for the final track, some mixing and TA-DA time! "Mojave" is now available on vinyl and CD through MAY I Records in France. I know copies have been purchased throughout Europe, not sure if anyone has seen them yet in America. Let me know if you have.
The outtakes listed above are temporary! Once "American Gothic" is released, the alternate takes will disappear. The songs that didn't make it to the final album will remain on the streaming services for awhile, then I will put them all on a secret page of this website for people who buy the album. So hurry up and absorb them now! Most of the alternate takes are WAY different than the final versions.
So the final track order for "American Gothic" is:
1) We Are The Falling Rain
2) Ticking Away
3) Where Are You?
5) The Abandoned Carousel
7) The Devil Whammy
8) We'll Meet Again
9) Runaway Girl
10) 3 Feet From A Vein
11) I Still Believe (this title may change - working on the lyrics now)
01/30/23 - So much happening! "Mojave" will be released worldwide on vinyl and CD on March 24th on MAY I Records ! To help promote the album, we have several new treats for you! Hunter shot a new video for "One Cut" that is where creepy goes to get scared. YIKES she frightens me sometimes! It's in the Videos page.
Along with that, "Lochinvar" has just been released; the latest song from "American Gothic". The original title I gave Hunter for this song was “When Johnnie Comes Marching Home.” Hunter found out her great-great-great-grandfather owned a Mississippi plantation in 1836 called "Lochinvar". She then found out that James Gordon (the son) inherited the house and when leaving for war (a confederate), he left a caretaker the family called “Uncle Ebenezer” in charge of guarding the family and property. After a time, Uncle Ebenezer caught pneumonia and died before Gordon could return from war. It's such a hard thing to understand how someone oppressed by another would guard his "master"s world so the oppressor could defend his right to own other people, To this day, there are reports of Uncle Eb roaming the grounds with his lantern, making sure everyone was safe. Now THAT is Dark Americana!
And along with all THAT, I just finished a new deep dive into the "Mojave" album called "The Mineshaft Rabbit Hole". It's a 4-day email adventure that reveals the secrets and mysteries of the Mojave and Sonoran deserts and also gives you some gifts for taking the journey. Give it a spin! MINESHAFT RABBIT HOLE
11/07/22 - work continues on "American Gothic" It is 10 songs strong so far with three more to come. "Ticking Away" just made the final cut once I put on a section of discordant mayhem featuring squealing horns and police sirens. In the meantime, I want to announce that the last album, "Mojave" has been signed to a licensing deal with MAY I Records in France! Through their agreement with PIAS/
Integral, "Mojave" will be available on vinyl and CD worldwide in January! Hunter and I are beyond thrilled over this. It is currently being mastered by legendary French engineer Dominique Blanc-Francard. In the early 1970's he was the main engineer at the Château d'Hérouville - where he engineered Pink Floyd, Elton John, David Bowie and on and on. Now to prepare for performances wherever people buy this thing.
10/10/22 – the new single, “We’ll Meet Again” is going live through all streaming services this Friday (10/14) and I hope you love it! It’s a bit on the creepy side, but you should expect that from me at this point. It came from a busy weekend – both “We’ll Meet Again, “Now We Kiss” and “When The Truth Comes Out” were written and recorded in the last 10 days, along with TWO new versions of “We Carry On”. I don’t know why that song obsesses me, but hopefully these versions will give me some relief. The original version of “We Carry On” was sent to a Nashville song runner this weekend, the second version may show up at some point in time as an outtake and the third version is likely going to be on “American Gothic”. This third version is just me, a guitar, mangled and bludgeoned into sounding like it was recorded in 1928. If you have ever heard that old folk song “Big Rock Candy Mountain”, it sounds like that. Sort of. The other three songs are oddly psychedelic, in answer to a request from a tv show music supervisor looking for garage rock. Only “We’ll Meet Again” will end up on “American Gothic”. “Now We Kiss” just doesn’t fit thematically and will wallow in oblivion. I may create an outtakes page at some point, since there are now about 10 songs in the Dark Americana series that haven’t left the studio.
I finally received a copy of my performance at the Think Positive Party in Los Angeles, on August 6th. I played to 10 of the videos, in front of a 10 foot screen. The visuals from the film are disappointing. The company filming that night was not prepared to film in the dark, so their camera, that was set to autofocus, turned the show into an impressionistic/cubist acid trip. I did upload one song from the show to youtube – “You Don’t See Me”. It has the least amount of visual artefacts and will give you an idea of what the show looked like to everyone except that camera. You can see it on the “Videos” page on this website.
More songs are on the way, including a new one from Hunter called “I’m Taking You Down” - very sludgy, grimy rocker. “American Gothic” is taking shape, I’m doing some interviews to bring everyone up to date on it and plan to set up more performances before taking this thing on the road.