Welp, we made it back from two months of heavy touring! Lots of highlights… Mosquito bites and Silo-Sessions in Minnesota, a glorious mountain drive into Asheville, waterspout roof designs in Georgia, Nola with dear friends, 4th of July in Sandpoint, CRAZY flght to London, crazy drive to 1st gig w/out our lost-in-the-airport instruments, incredible UK festivals, and then 3 days at the Square and Compass with Brian and Kevin… Oh, and yes, we did get the stand-up bass and musical saw back from American Airlines – for some reason they ended up with Alaskan Airlines. None the less, we’re home and happy to be back.
Notes on Pop Songs for Elk
Little Red Caboose – I leaned this song for an old recording of Henry Thomas. He was the coolest!
Little Sadie/Walking Boss – Old Time classics, lots of great versions. Ours are inspired by Clarence Ashley and Doc Watson.
Shimmy – a medley of old songs. Shimmy Like My Sister Kate – written by Clarence Williams and Armand Piron 1919, Shake It, Break It – I learned this from Charlie Patton, If You’re a Viper – Stuff Smith 1936
Pop Songs for Elk will be available June 23.
Last night at my Tuesday evening solo happy hour gig a funny thing happened! While setting up my gear an older women with a classic hair spray soaked hair style and enough perfume to make my eyes water approached me. She asked me, “Are you a banjo player?” I responded, “Well, I play the banjo, but I’m not really considered a banjo player.” The perfume lady then said, “Could you NOT play the banjo tonight? I don’t like it!”
Hmmm… Yes, I played the banjo! Living the dream…
The new record ‘Pop Songs For Elk’ is nearly done! Heads up for a june 1st release.
Just finishing up our new record. We spent 3 days at Blue Studios in Portland with Mike Coykendall at the steering wheel. We hope to have this record ready for consumption by the new year.
Even though summer has come and gone, we’re still pretty busy. Check our calendar for dates near and far.
It’s here.Time to gas up the Econoline and hit the road.
Been working hard on booking solo and band gigs for the spring and summer. It seems like January and February are always slower than I want them to be… This winter has been a productive season for adding new songs to both my repertoire and Hillfolk Noir’s. Since we didn’t actually formally release ‘what’s that hat for’ & ‘jump ups and Jolitties’, we’re planning a spring On-Line release. I’m also heading to Portland in April to work on some recordings with Mike Coykendall. Very excited! I’m also making a recording for PBS, doing a photo shoot with a fellow who built his own camera, planning the 2014 Hermit Music Festival, and hoping that I might get a US promoter for my birthday. The guitars are still resophonic and the banjo is almost in tune…
Winter is here and we’re looking for work…
Wow! What a Summer and Fall… Great Britain, music festivals, new records… Looks like we’ll be seeing some highways this winter, so please watch for us.
New merch Is here….
and we’re ready for the road…
“What’s That Hat For?”
“Jump Ups and Jolitties”
Both new records available on compact disc, and “What’s
That Hat For?” available on 180gram
Vinyl by the end of the month.
See you on the road…..
‘What’s That Hat For?’
Just figuring out the song order…
We’re nearly finished with the new Hillfolk Noir record. It’s a fine collection of
recordings made by Jon and Jude Mullin. We’re shootin for a March release,
keep your fingers crossed.
The Travis (singer songwriter) record is also nearly finished.
Finishing the mixing this week!
Expect less Hillfolk Noir shows in the Boise area this winter.
We will be doing some touring – (NW and Mid West).
New Travis Ward Album to be released in the winter of 2012
New Hillfolk Noir album to be released in the spring of 2013
As always, eager to play… So give us a holler!